Quilts and Pinterest
Pinterest became a most frequented place for me this fall. I got bit by the quilting bug and have been pulling out fabric and looking up ideas to make a few quilts for my daughters. In 2007 or 2008 some women from our former congregation offered a quilting class, and I excitedly signed up! The small quilt I made in that class was a sampler with Christmas fabrics. It became part of our Christmas traditions, and was named the quilt of Christmas Dreams.
During Advent, the quilt of Christmas Dreams travels between the daughters who live at home, each getting to sleep under the quilt all cozy and warm. Last year my grand daughter got in on the fun, only she wasn’t pleased when her turn was over and the quilt moved on.
So,during a visit to JoAnns, I found some lovely winter and also Christmas fabric. During that visit, an idea grew, and grew. Two quilts have been finished, another quilt will have the final binding stitches completed this week. Two Winter Blues quilts are under the tree, in anticipation of a couple of new dolls for a certain Miss Joyness. A 9 patch stack is growing, and uncut fabric sits on the shelf above my sewing machine, calling to me. Yes, thanks to my need for some fringe hours creativity and pinterest, I have been bitten by the quilting bug!
Way back when I made that first Quilt of Christmas Dreams, and a few Story Quilts I used prefolded binding from the fabric store. I knew that I didn’t want to do that this time, and while Pinterest has a lot of tutorials, I needed more help. A sweet friend from our congregation had me over for a couple of hour and taught me how to make my own binding, how to attach it, and how to finish it.
This idea grew a bit crazy when instead of a new Christmas quilt for just my youngest grand daughter, quilts for my daughters were started. However, I’ve found this creative expression extremely fulfilling and satisfying.
So quilt ideas are what I’m pinning these days, and actual quilts are keeping my hands busy and my creative side happy.
What are you pinning and what is inspiring your creative side? Are there any Christmas crafts that might spill over to bring color and delight to the winter days ahead?