5 Quilting Lessons from Madre
Important things Mom’s taught me about quilting:
- Pick & quilt with the fabrics you absolutely love… You can always soften your busy fabrics with plain fabric. Let your heart be your guide!
- The acceptability & inevitability of “Amish squares” … The Amish believe that only God can be perfect, so your quilt can’t be. This is easy enough for me to follow. Mom & I have always got Amish squares a-plenty in our quilts. It’s a Bob Ross kind of mentality about your quilting.
- Hand-quilting is where it’s at … Hand-quilting is when you get to sit with your quilt for a week or a month (or a year!) and bind the three layers of love together. As the Gift Fox, I spend this time sending good energy & wishes into my quilt. If I’m making the quilt for someone, I imagine only the best things for them.
- 12-Hour Quilt Top … When Mom & I start a quilt (individually or together), we get so energized that we often whip up the whole quilt top in one day. Of course, this often results in a few Amish squares, but the exhilarating pace and color just charges us forward. It’s an addiction.
- Make quilts for the people you love … Because it’s great to give the gift of warmth & care to those great people in your life. A handmade quilt gifted to a friend or family member is like giving an everlasting hug, especially when you physically can’t be there.