5 Quilting Lessons from Madre

Mama Quilter

Mama Quilter

Important things Mom’s taught me about quilting:

  1. Pick & quilt with the fabrics you absolutely loveYou can always soften your busy fabrics with plain fabric. Let your heart be your guide!
  2. 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.
  3. Hand-quilting is where it’s atHand-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. 
  4. 12-Hour Quilt TopWhen 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.
  5. 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. 
Apartment Quilting Tableaux

Apartment Quilting Tableaux

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