05 May 2010

Why I Quilt

This quilt is the reason why I quilt.

We recently visited with my nephew's family. His little boy loves silky things; sleeps with a pair of boxers :-) I thought a quilt might be a little nicer, so decided to make him one when we got home. The quilt is pieced silky (poly) fabrics with a fluffy polar fleece backing.

Hurdle #1. It would seem that little boys aren't supposed to like silky fabrics, unless they also like spiders, skulls or other nasties. I simply couldn't find any suitable prints. In the end, we (The Girl & I) opted for smiley faces and a few coordinating plains.

Hurdle #2. The fabric. Horrid, horrid stuff. It doesn't square up easily (if at all); it slips when you cut it, when you sew it, when you iron it; and it shreds like overcooked corned beef. I've since been told that one trick is to use a fine soldering iron to cut it. It seals the edges; stops the shredding and gives you a firmer line for pinning/sewing.

Hurdle #3. I didn't buy enough fabric. (Do we ever?) I didn't have a plan when I went shopping; mainly because my plan was to buy 1/2 dozen or more different fabrics (see hurdle #1). I wanted to keep the pieces large to keep the silky feel (and because of hurdle #2). I eventually formed a plan (which evolved as I sewed). The main problem with it - I didn't (and don't) like it LOL. This is not one of my great works of art and craftsmanship.

So, given the numerous hurdles and hassles; that I don't particularly like this quilt; that I didn't enjoy the process of making this quilt - why is it that this quilt represents all the reasons I quilt?

Because the recipient of this quilt, little Roycey, loves it. He will no doubt wear it to pieces. I am sure it will end up a tatty bit of rag by the time he's done with it. And that, for me, is what quilting is all about. I'm not interested in the latest technique or style; or entering competitions or shows; or impressing my fellow quilts. I just love making quilts that people love, that people use and that eventually just plain wear out from use.


Lynda said...

Then it is perfect. Awesome story!!!!

cinzia said...

Who is the best judge..the maker or the recipient? I vote the recipient knows best what the recipient loves and I am certain he will love it to death as you say. Thanks for showing us.

Lindi said...

Same here, Sue! The more I make, and the more people I make happy by giving them quilts and things, the better I like it!
Despite all the trials, the quilt looks perfect for little Royce!

Jeri Dansky said...

Sue, I just love this post; how wonderful that you're making pieces that will be so well-used and treasured!

Jenny said...

Yes, I can see why making this quilt would have you tearing your hair out. But...... those pictures say it all - he loves it!!


Linda said...

Oh my! What a labor of love! You certainly went to a lot of effort. It turned out quite nice, in spite of your challenges. Good for you!