Despite my best attempts to resist it, I have fallen down the quilting rabbit hole. Only temporarily though–and I’m not sure my somewhat feeble, amaturish attempt can be called quilting. But the quilt we have draped over the sofa in our living room is far past the point of needing to be repaired (it’s threadbare and has bits hanging off it–I hide it when we have company over). It was a special quilt because it’s the one I had as a child, but it’s just too old. I spent the last few months we were in Florida scouring the thrift shops for pretty, vintage pillowcases to use in a quilt top. But then of course, we moved and I got distracted by other things!
Until one evening in the past month when in a fit of insomnia, I pulled the stack of pillowcases out and promptly cut out a series of 12″x12″ squares and whipped them together to form a quilt top! (Pictured above.) But now, I’m stuck. I’ve Googled and looked at books, and I’m afraid I’m just getting more and more confused about quilting. All I want is a simple quilt–no fancy stuff–with a wide border, a colorful binding and calico back. Machine quilting too (I’m not going to have the patience for hand quilting, as much as I like the look). So I thought I’d ask my knowledgable readers: if you quilt, what are your favorite, not-intimidating quilting how-to’s? As I said, I’m just looking to make something simple–and I don’t think I’m going to become a die-hard quilter (garment sewing really is my true love). So just the basics, I guess–but in plain English!
So any help would be appreciated. The sooner I can wrap this project up, the better our living room will look without the ragged quilt that is gracing it at the moment (though I’m eying the bits that are still intact for repurposing into something else… What, I don’t know yet!).