Five quilts for five children in need
My journey into quilting began just a few years ago when I decided to make five quilts for my four nephews and niece. My brothers home was hit by a tornado on Christmas night almost five years ago. They lost just about everything, but thankfully none of them were injured when the house was hit. I’ve been sewing all my life but had never ventured into quilting. I watched Tula Pink make a houndstooth quilt on Sewing With Nancy and decided that would be the first quilt I made. After that I took a beginning quilting class at my LQS. What joy and pride I had when I made each quilt specifically for each child. I took the tops and backing fabrics and visited my cousin about five hours away who owned a longarm machine. She was very patient in teaching and helping me make the backs and quilt each one. Amazingly we did five quilts in five days! I packed the quilts into a large new upholstered ottoman and gave them to the family the following Christmas. As you can see in the photo, they were each thrilled with their quilt. I had a story to tell about each quilt and the meaning behind what I made and what fabrics I used. I also used some of my late Mom’s stash in each quilt, which I still do to this day. I found a scrappy double wedding ring quilt top in her stash which I quilted the following year and presented to the parents. The wonderful feeling of giving others something to cherish is what inspires me to continue quilting to this day. Enjoy the photos!