Hello! Hola! Guten Tag! Hej hej! Benvenuto! Welcome!
It would appear that you have found your way to the Quilter’s Mart Blog. It’s our first post, and I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m going to be writing a bit for you, which has me all kinds of excited - both writing and quilting are things I love to do! Before I get too carried away (which I have a tendency to do), I’d like to introduce myself.
Hi, I’m Carolyn! Mother of two, wife of one (ha!), possessor of day job, quilter, Birthday Cake Oreo addict, woman, and now - blogger!
How did I start quilting?
My mom signed me up for general sewing classes as a little girl. At the time, they didn’t stick because, well, sports. The art and fun of it all was lost on me until many years later when I met my future husband and, subsequently, his mother.
Apparently, my mom had been quilting for ages and it hadn’t sunk in, because it took meeting my husband’s mother, Nancy the Quilting Goddess, to set the lightbulb off. Aha! Those warm blankets I snuggle with didn’t just come out of thin air… people make these!
As a matter of fact, I was so oblivious that I hadn’t registered that the quilt that I had schlepped with me literally all over the world was one that my mother had made for me right under my nose. That quilt that I took for granted was a high school graduation gift from my mom. She made one for me and one for the exchange student we were hosting that year from Sweden.
The quilts were a surprise - we knew mom was doing some sort of blanket craft, but we didn’t know they were for us (or how much work they were)! When it came time to sandwich the top, the batting, and the backing together, my clever mother even had us help pin them.
To this day, I am baffled that I didn’t register that my mom was a “quilter” at that time. (Pun alert!) I guess it just wasn’t really a part of the fabric of my childhood, and was overshadowed by all the other things mom did. She’s a nurse, a killer mom, a fabulous cook, an athlete, a traveller… I guess I didn’t have room in my brain for another label for her!
Anyway, Imagine the hilarity when we opened our presents at our graduation party only to realize that mom had made us work on our own gifts! Despite that little trick she pulled, we both still curl up under those blankets to this day and feel mom’s love each time we do.
Once I saw my mother-in-law Nancy’s quilts, which are always so beautiful, I knew I wanted to make one. The memory of my mom making those graduation quilts flooded back. Ding ding ding! Nancy makes quilts, my mom makes quilts, people make quilts. I am people. Therefore, I could make quilts! I asked Nancy the Quilting Goddess to teach me, and the rest is history.
What do I like to make?
I’ve done everything from tiny table-runners to gigantic king-size quilts (for my gigantic king-size brother). My favorite things to make are things for other people, which I think stems from that first beloved quilt from my mother and how I’ve loved snuggling up with it like a hug from her. If I can gift someone a hug that will last forever… wow! What a special thing!
Being a 30-something mother myself, I have a lot of 30-something friends popping out babies. So the bulk of my projects end up being baby blankets these days. To me, they’re very satisfying to make because I love the idea of my quilts keeping those sweet babies warm when they’re so very tiny.
I also love that there is a lot of room for whimsy and playing with color in baby quilts. My favorite color is rainbow - I even had a rainbow themed wedding (check out some photos from our wedding below). So exploring color in a quilt gets me all kinds of excited!
What am I going to blog about?
I’m not a technician, an expert, or a teacher. But I am enthusiastic. I look forward to exploring color, talking about mistakes and quilting hurdles, celebrating quilting triumphs, and connecting with all of you!
You’ll get to know me and my little family, and I want to get to know all of you as well. Feel free to share with me by leaving comments, submitting questions, and requesting blog topics. I hope that this will be a place for us to have conversations about what we all love so much - quilting!
Hold on to your rotary cutters, my friends, because I think we’re going to have so much fun here at the Quilter’s Mart Blog!!
- Carolyn Knees