Life Lessons from one simple quilt

A few years ago, I was at my kids school sitting on a brightly colored quilt that I had made.  One of the teachers asked me about the quilt, I was so proud of it I started to tell her all about how I made it and so on….at that point she looked at the quilt then me then the quilt and she said “Back home in Missouri we would never have a quilt that colorful, all of our quilts are sensible.”

That’s when I got the notion that people from the mid-west only liked sensible quilts.  Fast forward a year of so, tornado in Joplin Mo occurred.  One of my Aunt Sue’s old friends lived in Joplin and was collecting items to help the rebuilding process.  My Aunt asked if I would make a quilt for her to put in a care package. Of course I said yes, but then I had a bit of a panic attack…what the hell was a sensible quilt.  I mean these people in Joplin had just gone through hell, I wanted to comfort them not scare them with a bright quilt.

All I could think of was brown, flowers and cream…not my scene but this was for Joplin!  I started to cut, and sew next thing I knew I had enough blocks for two quilts.  Once I started to sew the blocks together, I really became very upset and sad with my quilts.  But I carried on, and completed them.  Packaged them off, and sent them to their new homes.  I did receive the nicest thank you note I have ever received in my life.  They loved the quilts.

 

Once I read the thank you note, and looked at the one photo I took of these quilts.  I decided, that making these quilts made me sad.  At that moment I promised myself, I was never going to make a quilt that I did not want to make again.  Now I really did want to make quilts for Joplin, but next time I will make the quilts I want them to have, not the quilts that I think they want.  I know that sounds selfish, but as much as I love quilting, I am not going to spend my time on a quilt that I think is sad.

Here is my one and only sensible quilt:

 

Joplin Quilt

Three quilters and a margarita!

True story:

 

I was tippys (not really drunk) at our 4th of July block party.  A guy I knew for years was introducing me to his new wife, I loved her (him not so much).  Turns out she runs our local Relay for Life and she started to tell me all about the auction.  I said, hey I can make you a quilt for your auction……I know, I will make you a quilt that people can sign or give well wishes to for someone going through treatment.

 

This idea sounded wonderful in my margarita induced mind!  Well a few weeks later, I was telling this story to two of my quilting friends.  Dawn insisted that I just add colored blocks to two corners of a square.  Then came the debate on color, I did not want the quilt to be limited to one type of cancer aka pink for breast cancer.  Then Gil, says you can come to my house and use my hand dyed fabric.  Take what you need.

At that point I was in heaven, I had an easy pattern and hand dyed fabricHand Dyed Quilt 2.

Hand Dyed Quilt 3

 

 

 

 

Hand Dyed Quilt 1

Christmas Time!!!

I fell in LOVE, LOVE I tell you with a table runner featured on Sew Mama Sew,  I followed her directions, but I was not very happy with the scrappy version that I made.

 

Christmas Tree quilt block

 

 

However, I still loved the idea.  Instead of making is scrappy, I made solid trees.

 

 

I am so much happier with this look!

Christmas tree quilt block.

 

Once I got them all together it was love!  I posted the photos on Instagram, and my friends are demanding that I make them one.

 

Christmas Tree Table Runner

Modern Christmas Tree Table Runner