Today's post is about the reason I started quilting, again going in reverse order of the quilts I have made so far. This is the fourth one I finished.
I had a TON of t-shirts from high school/middle school that were just sitting in my drawers, taking up space. I heard about the ingenious idea to make them into a quilt - but how? I did some research online and found out that for the amount of shirts I had, I would easily have to pay 500 dollars for a quilt. Psht. I don't have that kind of money, and I had a whole boring summer ahead of me. What to do?
I had taken a basic sewing class in sophomore year of high school (which at this point means... almost five years ago... wow). I remembered very little. All I knew was that I wanted to try sewing.
Before it was pieced together...
Relearning how to sew, courtesy of my fiance... =P Not my best picture
So, yes, I originally started with another quilt. But I started this one early on and finished it later. It was a monster, let me tell you.
I borrowed my (now soon-to-be mother in law's) old sewing machine to see what I could do. I self-taught myself EVERYTHING, from the internet and from the machine handbook (and I'm definitely still learning - there's lots of things I can improve/add - but isn't it the same with every quilter? :) ). I was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to remember how to use the machine, etc.
Like I said, this quilt turned out to be a monster. I literally did not finish quilting it because a) it was so big and I'm not quite as proficient with big quilts yet and b) I wanted to bring it to my college dorm, and once I was making other quilts that had time constraints too, there just wasn't enough time. I quilted in a very random pattern. You can see some of that in the above and below pictures.
So, there is it. My quilt. :) I'm very happy with it. I probably won't even finish it/change it. Ever. I love it.
That's my story! More posts to come soon - I still have three more quilts to talk about from this summer :)