A reader asked me to talk about my quilts. I haven’t quilted in some time. I had a car accident some years back and had to have thumb and wrist surgery. So arthritis has kept me from quilting, though I dearly loved it.
I didn’t make the second one from the bottom in the above photo. But I hand sewed and hand quilted almost all my quilts. I did some applique as well. Some I just tied, as you can see from the top photo.
There are others I’ve made but I won’t add them today.
Quilting is a very soothing hobby. One you can pick up and just set back down in your chair while you get a cup of coffee or something. Listen to the radio or a TV show.
The quilting stitch, once you get the hang of it, is really easy. Of course your aim is to make the stitches as small and as close together as possible.
I use to go to a quilting group at a church when I lived in Central Texas long ago.
That was a wonderful time to catch up on news about the other ladies, and the older ladies taught the younger ladies about quilting and life while we were gathered around the quilt frame. It makes it easier to talk about some things when your eyes are on your hands stitching.
I rarely put my quilts that I put so much time in to on the beds or couch, due to the dogs. I usually just buy those from Penneys or somewhere cheap.
If you have quilts folded up, you need to bring them out and refold them from time to time so that the fabric does not weaken at the folded area.
If you like a nice quiet meditative hobby, take up quilting. You will have quilts to hand down to relatives.
And you will so enjoy seeing your accomplishments hanging on the wall, as I have several, or in a place where you can enjoy them.
I made this little yo-yo pillow during my quilting days. It has held up really well and I probably made it over 20 years ago.
If you want to get into quilting, I advise you go to a quilting shop and talk to some of the ladies. I use to be in hog heaven every time I had the opportunity to go to a quilt shop!
And now with the internet there are lots of ladies to meet who enjoy this old-fashioned hobby.