by Gina Roberson
I wanted to share a special project that I have been working on for several months now. For Christmas this year I wanted to give each of my 3 children a quilt made especially for them by their mama.
I am not an experienced quilter by any means, I am just learning! Having an embroidery machine just makes everything so much more fun, especially when you have a lot of designs to select from. I currently have a membership with Designs by SiCK so I have plenty of designs to select from to make a quilt.
First I let each one of my kids pick out a design set that they liked. My twin girls are only 4 1/2 years old and they decided upon the same thing as they usually do. They just love the little ladybugs named “DD Cute Ladybugs” which is available from Designs by SiCK:
So first I went to town to find fabric that would coordinate well with the ladybug designs. As luck would have it, I found some very cute ladybug fabrics and other coordinating fabrics that would go well with the ladybug designs. I was so excited at the thought of how cute these quilts could turn out to be!
Then I came home and cut some squares to embroider the little ladybugs onto. I decided to embroider some cute phrases on some of the blocks as well. Every time I had a chance I would go into the sewing room and hoop and embroider a new block until I finally had them all completed. Then I had so much fun just cutting strips and other blocks and arranging them all over the floor in a way that was appealing and cute for my daughters. I’m not sure if there is a certain way to go about making a quilt or not, but my girls and I had such fun arranging all our blocks! So we wound up with a really cute quilt for each of them. The concept is, if I did it, so can you, even if you have no experience.
I have a lady who is going to actually quilt the tops for me to finish them up for Christmas since I don’t know how to do that yet. But before I give them to her I have to make one for my 10-year-old son also! So we sat down together and found a design set at Designs by SiCK called “Animals of the World”:
Then we went out and bought all kinds of safari themed fabrics to mix in with the embroidered blocks. It’s going to be such fun to make this quilt! I recently finished cutting out the necessary squares for that quilt and am now ready to embroider those as well.
If you have a loved one and would like to make them a special gift then a quilt is the perfect idea. If you don’t know how to finish it once you have your quilt top made there are plenty of places you can pay to actually finish the quilting process for you.
It’s so much fun to make a quilt top with the help of your imagination. Trying to find just the right designs and then matching those to some fabrics is my favorite part. I can’t wait to see my children’s faces when the quilts come back and I give them to my children at Christmas. I just know that they will be so excited, and when I see them using their new quilts to play with and to cover up with, new memories will be made with those quilts!