Been there…done that…got the shirt!
There are many memories to be preserved from our younger years. From sports teams, academic and service clubs, to performing arts and commemorative events.
The t-shirt quilt was one of the first projects that caught my eye and turned me on to the thought of learning to sew. My own kids are still collecting shirts but I was happy to make a quilt for a couple of friends whose kids have graduated.
I did a lot of research. The first quilt took me probably way longer than it should have because I was trying to make sure I was doing things correctly…and of course, I still made mistakes along the way. The second quilt didn’t take me as long to construct but it was a bit bigger and the quilting process took me longer (because wrestling a large quilt whilst sewing on the floor can be hard…and then being unhappy with the quilting and ripping it all out and redoing it tends to add to production time as well).
I have found with my quilting, I tend to want to get hung up on the mistakes I make. I don’t know why it’s so hard to see past those imperfections and appreciate the whole piece for what it is. It’s a struggle but it is something I am working on.
With each project I work on, I learn more than just the skills it takes to complete the project. I learn a little more about patience. I test my problem-solving skills and push myself to see how many times I can complete the same task in an attempt to get it just right, all while keeping my cool.
I have recently learned that sometimes life takes you sideways but there’s still so much beauty around us and so much to be thankful for….we can’t get fixated on our mistakes….even when it was the mistakes that took us sideways. 😉
I hope the two young ladies that received these quilts were surprised by them and will stay wrapped up in warmth by the memories for years to come.
Merry Christmas, to all!