Learning to Quilt
I have a confession. I don't know how to sew. I've never stiched anything together, I've never sewn any clothes, I've never made a quilt. In fact, as far as I can remember, I've never even threaded a needle. As a new co-owner of a company that provides longarm quilting services and custom quilting, this puts me in bit of an akward position.
My wife is the expert in that regard. She has made every kind of textile that you can imagine, from the thread itself to full completed quilts. Don't get me wrong - I understand that not everyone involved in a business has to know how to do every part of that business. Clearly I have areas of expertise. I can help with the website. I can run the longarm machine and help in the office and with the finances. I can blog.
But really, understanding how a quilt-top is made is a core part of our new enterprise. Our service is the final step of a project that our customers have put their heart and soul into. It's an honor to be trusted with the finishing touches of something that represents hours and hours of work on the part of our customer.
So I'm going to learn how to quilt, starting from literally nothing. The only things I know are the little I have picked up about the process from learning to use the longarm machine and from being in the same house while Lydia made her quilts. I plan on documenting the process here. Maybe my struggles will help future would-be-quilters figure it out! I'm going to go cover everything from picking a pattern, to finding fabric, to cutting it and sewing it together. Hopefully, by the end I will have a finished quilt-top that I can then run through the longarm.
So stay tuned! We're going to go on a journey together into this wild world of fabric stores, patterns, threads, and other quilty type words. The first step, which will be in my next blog post, is to pick a pattern. Onward!