How it’s made
It wasn’t too much longer after my first quilt that I made this one.
I have a system for designing quilts now, but at the time I still pretty much shot from the hip. I found quilts on Pinterest.com that I liked and tried to copy them.
As you can see, I only did an ok job.
The interlocking hearts was the goal, so since I couldn’t (or didn’t want to) use such small pieces, I decided to just embroider the idea over the two colors. But first, I had to base the colors on something and since this was my older sister’s wedding gift, I decided that was a good place to start. My sister’s favorite colors other than grey include the greens, which was easy to know since I’ve known her for a while. Her future husband’s favorite colors are blue, and therefore I chose these greens and blues for the hearts, each representing the individual. The greys represent their future life together and the opposite color is on either side of the hearts to show further the interlocking of their lives. Symbolism.
The first thing I did before picking out the fabrics or cutting was to find the backing. Similar to my first quilt, I went to a thrift store and found a queen-size flat sheet. This sheet was perfect for my sister because it was grey and made of jersey fabric, which always reminds me of her. Unfortunately for me, jersey is not the easiest fabric to work with and I didn’t know about basting yet either, so I’m sure the back isn’t very pretty to this day. But the nice thing about not knowing anything is that you’re not afraid to do these things. And so, I bought the perfect backing.
This quilt was before I discovered the rotary cutter and the ability to cut not only in straight lines but also bothering to make the blocks the same size. The fact that it came together as well as it did is a miracle.
Knowing that I needed to create seam allowances at this point, I overcompensated from my first one and sewed a 1/2″ seam allowance, which if you’re a quilter you know is double what a quilter will sew. And the top didn’t fall apart, I’ll tell you that much.
I decided to tie quilt because I didn’t think machine quilting or hand quilting was something I could do yet. After sewing the binding by folding the backing over to the front, I sewed cross stitches along the edges. And I was done!
Why it’s made
So, I made this quilt for my older sister as her wedding gift.
I love my sister the way I image most younger sisters love their older sisters. I wanted to be just like her when we were little and as we got older and she went to college and we grew apart, I missed her.
She had been with her now husband for quite a long time by the time they got married and the fact they were getting married wasn’t a surprise; it was a matter of time. But that wasn’t why I wanted to make something special for her. I wanted to make her this quilt rather than getting her a blender because I wanted to express to her how much she means to me. She’s who I looked up to and even though we haven’t lived in the same city in a while, I still love her and want to have a close relationship with her.
What was the first quilt you made for someone you love? Comment below!