I finally decided to just dig into my stash and give it a try.
|My first attempt. (I'm allergic to ready-made patterns.)|
It turned out pretty well, and encouraged me to commit to trying a larger project. Then last week, I went into Fabricland and found that the store in my neighbourhood is closing. Which is incredibly sad for me, because there is nowhere else within walking distance to buy fabric. On the plus side, almost everything is 60% off! It's fate; I am destined to make at least one quilt.
Then I went back the next day for more fabric.
And one more time a couple of days after that. This time, however, I let the girls each pick a couple of fabrics themselves to make something. (Mostly to keep them busy while I had a look around).
They took it very seriously. They chose their fabric, then dragged their bolts of fabric through the store in little wheeled baskets. I thought I was going to die from cuteness when Kee struggled hers onto the counter and said "half a meter of each, please!"
On the way home, I asked them what they were going to make; or rather, what they'd like me to make them. "I'm going to make a quilt!" said Beege. "All by myself!" Alrighty.
So, that night, I helped her cut some squares and start sewing. We sat together for an hour, listening to Jack Johnson, and stitching squares together. At the end of our evening, I asked her how she liked it. "You mean this quilting business?" she asked. "Well, I really wanted to like it because you like it, and we could do it together. But, Mummy? It's really boring."
So, instead of Beege making a lap quilt (that was going to be a "surprise" for me, apparently), we would scale down the project. We ended up making a quilt for her teddy bear, "Sweetie-Honey".
|Sweetie-Honey, enjoying her new quilt.|
She had already sewn about as much as she could handle (without dying from boredom), so I told her I would finish it up for her.
|At least I got some practice with doing the binding!|
(Tell me honestly, is that nuts?)
*I did make one for my friends' wedding, about eleven years ago, but I was relegated to fabric selection and cutting, and my mum did most of the actual work. Thanks again, Mum!