So, I have wanted to quilt for a few years now...ever since I saw that movie How to Make an American Quilt with Winona Ryder (good movie by the way) and definitely after I met Matt's G-Ma. She literally has a closet crammed full of her homemade quilts. When we got married, she let me go through them all and pick the one I liked the most. Shortly after we brought Yoko home (our super needy attention thirsty border collie mix) that blanket was no more. I had never had a puppy before, so I made the mistake of puting her in our room one night while we went out. When we got home, we walked into our bedroom and saw that Yoko had chewed a good size whole clear through the blanket, along with 2 other quilts. Wanting to keep this puppy of mayem, I didn't allow Matt to see the full extend of the damage, so I threw the quilts in the closet until he calmed down. Lucky for us, his G-Ma is a seasoned quilter and patched them all up. Why it took us 3 years to take them over, I don't know...we're only over there every week.
...this is Yoko by the way.
...and this is my repaired quilt.
I tend to go through these crafty phases. In college, I went through a crocheting phase. Wow, that sounds kind of lame reading what I just typed. Who's taking up crocheting in college? What era are we in? It's not like I was crocheting shirts or anything folks - mostly scarves and blankets...either way, it was short lived and I became bored with it quickly. I have always been into scrapbooking, but rarely have the time for it anymore. I have TONS of photos and no time...I just assume when Christian gets older, the easier it'll get to make time for my crafty addictions. Right? Someone confirm please! Do I hear laughter???
So, now I'm interested in the world of quilting. Now I know quilting is time consuming, but I like the idea that it can't be finished in a day...I can come and go as I please. While we visited G-Ma over the weekend, she loaded me down with quilting books and magazines, she showed me samples she had sewn, and told me if I need any help just let her know. The one thing I love about Matt's G-ma's quilts is that they are random. She normally uses scrap fabric she picked up at a yard sale...basically all the fabric she has she got a good deal for it. When I asked her if quilting can get expensive, her answer was, "You better believe it!" It made me laugh - she's actually super fun to hang out with - always laughing. Anyways, what I was saying was that since her fabric is usually bought in bulk the fabric prints don't always seem to go, but the final product always looks good...must be that grandma mojo. For example, she has one quilt where it is a mix of floral and San Francisco 49ers print.
The thing is, I am literally starting from scratch. My sewing skills are basic and I have never worked a sewing machine. So this is where you come in. Any advice and/or tips would really be appreciated. Any websites with the best deals or tricks of the trade...anything would probably be beneficial. I don't want to spend tons on a sewing machine, so any advice on that as well.