The process of making a quilt is long and sometimes grueling. It’s old fashioned because my grandmother and great grandmother used to make them, but it’s modern too. I have tools and shortcuts that they didn’t have and a vast amount of fabrics that they never had access to.
My love of quilts runs deep. It’s not one thing about them, it’s all the things.
It’s putting colors together and the feeling of knowing when it feels right. It’s finding a fabric that makes you squeal. It’s seeing a design in your head and figuring out how to make it come to life. It’s the constant repetiveness of cutting, stitching, pressing and then stitching again.
And then you have this finished treasure, this practical and MEANINGFUL FILLED quilt that will brighten up any space you place it in and bring warmth to any who lie under it. A quilt has so very many uses. What else besides a quilt can keep you warm, bring comfort to a friend, have a picnic on, wrap a baby in, decorate a home with, display as art, wash and dry, and then one day hand down to your family for them to do the same with?
I love quilts. I love to buy them. I love to make them. I love to bury myself up under them.
Making quilts was once just a hobby, but since 2009 I have operated Southern Charm Quilts, a small business that I started just to supplement the money I was spending on fabrics. In 2010, I ended up quiting the job I had selling real estate (which I was horrible at), and working in my quilt shop full time, making quilts everyday and all day.
I eventually expanded the shop to sell custom fabric bundles, quilt labels and quilt patterns.
This space is dedicated to my adventures in quilt making.
I want to sew quilts too!
I am very big on the idea of helping new quilt makers get started. Let’s make sure that quilt making doesn’t become a thing of the past by spreading this skill around and keeping it going for future generations. I’ve listed some links to get you started:
Free Tutorials – I’ve got my freebies all organized by category to make easier to find what you are looking for.
Quilt Making Basics – This is a list of skills that you might find useful as you begin your quilting journey.
Each Monday I gush about fabric, literally! There may also be squealing.
Early 2017, I did a series on better piecing. I do a spill about how that’s not everything at the beginning of every post. Because it’s not! But still, the longer you do something, the more you want your skills to grow. It just shouldn’t ruin the fun for you (Here I go again with the spills! This is a hot topic for me apparently! Quilting should be fun FIRST!)
The best way to build your skills quilt making is to make sampler quilts, join a bee, or a quilt along. Get involved with the quilting community on IG (I’m here on IG and would love you to say “hi”). It’s super fun over there! Follow a bunch of quilting accounts and get in on the conversations.
Thanks for reading!