Anybody who knows me knows that I like to sew. A lot! There’s always a project on the go, and at the end of the project I carefully save any decent sized fabric scraps and put them into my scrap bag.
But of late my scrap bag has become completely out of control! It’s full to bursting with scraps that are too big to throw away but too small to make anything decent out of. Then I hit up on this sterling idea – I’d make a memory quilt for my daughter, using all the carefully saved fabric pieces from the clothing I’d made for her over the years.
I had grand visions in my head of how cherished this quilt would become. Every time she looked at it, she would gifted with a memory from her childhood. Here, the quilt would say, is a piece from the spotty dress that you wore to our friend’s wedding, when you danced all night and showed every single guest your new sparkly shoes. Here is a piece from the bird shirt your mother made, which you used to try and wear every single day. Here is a piece from your very first sewing project – pyjamas you made all by yourself. All these pieces have come together to keep you warm with remembrances.
So far, so good, except for one little problem – I’d never actually made a quilt before, and truth be told, was slightly intimidated by them. I had the scraps, and had a general idea of how I wanted the scraps to be pieced together, but the whole turn-that-into-a-quilt thing? It felt beyond me!
Thankfully I discovered some excellent books which show you step-by-step how to assemble a quilt. Little Bits Quilting Bee by Kathreen Ricketson (of super craft website WhipUp) and Simplify with Camille Roskelley are my two favourites, both of which can be found at eBay store Booktopia. With these by my side, I’ll have that quilt for my girl finished in no time!