Homemaking

Surprise Birthday Quilt

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Kyla making noodles with her grandma.

My middle daughter will be turning 3 in October. Her and her older sister just got a set of bunk beds in their room that they share. She doesn’t really have a nice big blanket that she can lay out on her bed to call her own, so I am making her a quilt for her birthday!

I learned to quilt from my mother-in-law, who owns a quilting business. She has a long arm quilting machine that she lets me use to finish quilts whenever I get time to make one. It is a huge blessing for me as I enjoy finished the whole quilt myself.

I don’t get a lot of time to work on my quilts. In order to sew, I have to be very purposeful about how I spend my time. Usually I sew in the afternoons when everyone is resting. On really good days I can get in 1 – 2 hours. Sometimes I have to settle for only 30 minutes. I like to finish a project the same day I start it, so it has been an adjustment for me to only get a few things done each day and be okay with that.

I also don’t have a lot of time for quilting because I am teaching my oldest daughter to sew. She started a quilt last year in February, then we moved twice in a year and we never go to work on it again until this summer. She finished it just in time for the fair. She is very pleased with it! And I think it is fantastic!

My oldest daughters quilt
My oldest daughters quilt

I found a super cute pattern for free online. I think she is going to love it! So far, I have cut all the pieces out and prepared them for applique. I need to pin them in place, sew them on, then quilt it and bind it. With school beginning this week, I am not sure how much time I will have to work on it, but I will try to give an update as I go.

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