Here is my entry for the festival - This is Hannah's Quilt:
Hannah's Quilt is very very dear to me - it's the first quilt I ever made (leading to many many more and a fandangly new sewing maching since...). When Hannah was born she was presented with our family's first quilt by a wonderful family friend Barbara, whom I have known since I was born. That baby quilt started my appreciation and love of quilts and made me want to try my hand at it. So while I was in New Zealand for the 2009/2010 summer I asked Barbara to teach me the basics. One afternoon Barbara was kind enough to come over and make a block with me from start to finish - making the block, teaching me half square triangles, to quilt it, bind it and finishing it up as a dolls quilt for miss Hannah. After returning back to Australia in February I put the idea of doing anything further aside and procrastinated - because I was S C A R E D.
By April I decided it was about time to put this fear aside and had the idea that it would be nice to make a quilt for Hannah's big bed for her 2nd Birthday. Hours of surfing the internet for ideas (and procrastinating) later, I had came up with a plan and went fabric shopping.
After futher hours of tossing said ideas out the window, changing my mind about the fabric colours, perfecting (ha ha) my 1/4 inch seam, cutting bits off here and there again and again to make everything even (ish) and learning how to applique later, and hours of tearing my hair out at trying to get my sewing machine to SEW NICELY and behave itself later - I finally finished (in time for her birthday I might add)...
I ambitiously decided to free motion quilt it (thinking that straight line quilting might bring up a few too many flaws hmmm). This again created challenges. - I had to go and find a free motion foot to suit my basic, no brand sewing machine, then master the art of tension and control. I think I broke about 10 needles getting it finished, almost needing to check myself into anger management in the process!!! How I still have both my eyes (and that sewing machine is still in 1 piece) is beyond me - lets just say that free motion quilting and my old sewing machine were NOT suited!!
I'm SO proud of myself for finishing this quilt - and SO pleased that I conquered my fear of sewing to do it. Not only did I develop a new skill (and addiction), I also created something very special for Hannah that she cherishes hugely and I'm sure will for many years to come. It's by no means a perfect quilt, but it's perfectly special none the less. It's not made using designer fabric, in fact it's not even made using all quilters cotton. I had not yet discovered that not all cotton is created equal when I made this, and just picked fabrics I liked (and could afford at the time).
Here are a couple of photos of it being loved:
To say that Hannah loves it is probably an understatement... When I took it off her bed to photograph today she had a little melt down and told me in no uncertain terms "put that back on my bed mummy - that's Hannahs... put it back, sob sob sob sob, put it back, sob sob sob, that's HANNAH'S". In the end we managed to calm the storm by getting her to "help" daddy hold it up for the camera, so I hope you all like the photos LOL... Because of the craziness I also forgot to take a photo of the pieced back - but oh well. You'll just have to imagine it's greatness ;)
Anyway Happy Bloggers Quilt Festival everyone. Go check out everyone's work and be inspired :)