A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do something different – I was teaching quilting to my mom.
My mom learned to sew in the day of home economics for all girls, and made a substantial part of her wardrobe (probably from high school through her 20’s), so she is not new to sewing. Teaching someone how to piece quilt blocks is a lot easier when the person already understands what a 1/4 inch seam is and why consistency matters.
Three generations of quilters in action!
My mom and grandma did make a quilt at some point before I existed. They used 4 inch squares of fabric leftover from clothes my mom made – a mix of fabric types. They cut it out using electric scissors, sewed it together, and tied it. My mom still uses it on the bed when my parents go camping.
There are differences between quilt piecing and clothing sewing (or how she sewed when she did it a lot): seam size, using a rotary cutter, using 100% cotton fabric, pressing instead of ironing, etc. Either way, she was a fast learner.