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I know this may sound weird but I got an idea to make a handmade quilt. I don't know why, but I really would love to do this. The first and only time I made a quilt was in Home Economics in High School. I was trying to make a quilt for my twin bed, but I must have measured wrong because towards the end I changed it to a baby's quilt. My mom had to help me with most of the sewing too. Instead of doing a flat material sheet for the bottom, adding a sheet of batting, then the top part of the quilt (bunch of 8 inch squares sewn together), I did it the hard way. I cut out all the squares, stuffed and sewn each one (used up all my decorative material), then added the backing and trim. Afterwards I realized that is why it was smaller since I used up the decorative material on the squares. Got a B+ as my final grade. When I moved down here I had to leave it up in NY. Went to NY a few months after moving here and it was gone. After complaining about it, it showed back up a few months later after I went back up. Never did get it shipped here with other things I had to leave behind (moving truck was full). Since getting divorced from first hubby, he tossed it rather than sending it to me (I had money to pay to get it shipped). I lost a bunch of things because of that.
I would love to even try something smaller and making quilted place mats and pot holders. I did find a craft once before where you take the softer holiday place mats and turn them into pillows and turn them into throw pillows. Bought several Christmas ones a couple years ago on clearance and they are still sitting there. Really need to bust out the sewing machine my hubby and mom gave me a couple years ago (which I wanted and have yet to use). Got all these great ideas but trying to get them done is where I hit a wall with. I want to change that. I want to start getting some projects done not just for here but for Christmas gifts.
I've only made one quilt but I really enjoyed it. Lol, I was the opposite of you Tabby, I was making a baby blanket sized quilt for Lillian while pregnant with her and it ended up being twin bed size. I'm glad now because she still gets to use it.
Some of my favorite throw pillows are/were place mats. Sometimes you can get a really good deal on a style in a store that only has 1, 2, or 3 left, not enough for a full table setting. I've found some on clearance this way several times.
I've done them both ways: Take them completely apart and sew inside out so the seams are tucked inside the pillow, or simply open one side enough to get a hand in and stuff.
I've done these for Christmas gifts for family, too. :)
First thing is to get the book :"Your first Quilt Book (or it should be)_ by Carol Doak..It was what got me started!! I now make about a quilt or 2 or 3 a month..I have 13 grandkids and am on the 6th one now. There is also a great website www.quiltingboard.com that has great discussion boards and links for so many tutorials etc on-line. I have a lot of time to work since I am out of work on disability!! I love quilting, and have learned that the process is fun and not to worry about anything beyond that!! Try to keep you designs simple at first. It is amazing how quickly you learn and improve!!
Good luck and if I can help in any way, let me know!
Thanks for the tips....I'll look up that book later today Pat. I just would like to do something rather than sit home all day with not much to do. Figured I could do quilts, place mats, and things along that line. I do remember growing up my mom making covers for the blender, and other small appliances. I think that would be a good thing to try to make so it cuts down on my cleaning them when they sit there. All I would need to do is pull the covers off, toss in the wash and recover when dry.
Here's a few places to go look for ideas. Have fun!!
P.S Tabby- Where are you in Lakeland?? I found my copy of the Carol Doak book if you want to borrow it...I could meet you somewhere in our travels...