Why I Am Not Allowed To Quilt

by adustyframe ~ October 19th, 2011

I grew up in a home full of crafting and creativity. I enjoy quite a few crafts and always love making something pretty. I relax that way and I enjoy seeing things I’ve made.

The closet under our stairs was PACKED with craft supplies. Mom always helped us with projects and let us use supplies.

One of my early  jobs was at a fabric store! Talk about a job I loved!

I’ve embroidered, cross stitched, sewed, gave up crocheting and knitting–but picked up knitting again! I did plastic canvas, latch hook, shrinky dinks, puffy wreaths, stiffy bow baskets, paper crafts, cake decorating..I’m sure the list goes on.

Lots of times I have to laugh at all these “new” craft ideas I see. My mom did those things decades ago.

So, why am I not allowed to quilt?

I’ve started exactly 3 quilts.

1. A puffy quilt–I think I chose 3 shades of pink and made about 2 rows of it. My mother harped on me forever to finish it and I never did. It was tedious!

My little sister started quilting. I think she was 9 or 10 (seriously). I figured if the kid could quilt so could I. I read and read and talked to quilting friends and watched the kid.

2. I don’t remember which quilt I tried next–I DO know that I have started 3 so I’m putting it in here.

3. A lovely patchwork quilt. With 12 (I think) different squares. I believe I was employed at the fabric store, so I bought a rotary cutter and mat. I chose fabric. I read. I talked to a couple quilters.

I was ready to tackle my  nemesis. I painstakingly cut out half a million tiny little geometric shapes and with great relish sat down to sew.


The first square was perfect. Beautiful–breathtaking–amazing. “I can do this! I am so proud of myself.”

Square #2 was the most disgusting awful wonky mess I’ve ever seen in my life. I was so angry at this stupid craft, that I threw that square away.

I threw away the half million geometric shapes…or did the kid confiscate them? Hmmm can’t remember.

I made a pillow out of my perfect square and kept it as proof that I did indeed quilt a square once.

It’s also a reminder to me to NEVER EVER under any circumstances think I’m ready to try it again.

I will tackle knitting, scrapbooking, and other misc. home beautifying projects but I will never again as long as I live buy yards of yummy fabric to cut to pieces and ruin…..

My quilting days are over for sure.

(But that pillow is pretty cool if I do say so myself!)


5 Thoughts Shared to Why I Am Not Allowed To Quilt

  1. Dana

    I agree. Beautiful!

  2. Barbara H.

    I’m the same way — I so admire quilting, but I’m not good at straight seams and piecing, and I know I’d have a hard time making it look right. That pillow is pretty!

  3. Lisa

    Ha! I bought a huge amount of fabric to make a puffy quilt years ago. Guess what? When we moved to our current home (20 or so years later) I gave the huge amounts of fabric WITH the quilt pattern to Goodwill! Never even got it cut out. In my post last week, I showed the quilt I’ve been meaning to make for years–a recycled fabric one at that!

  4. PrayerSister

    it’s a beautiful pillow 🙂

  5. Jody

    And I don’t do yarn crafts. I’d love to, I just don’t get it. I’ve tried, I’ve read, I’ve watched. I’m lost. But I can quilt. 🙂

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