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Turkey Tracks:  April 19, 2012

Tami’s First Quilt

Tamara Kelly Enright, or Tami, is SEWING!

Two summers ago, Tami bought a used Janome sewing machine from Marge Hallowell at Mainely Quilts in Nobleboro.  But, she has her hands so full with four kiddos under 8, now.  So, about 18 months passed before, during Thanksgiving, we got it out and started a project.  She made a receiving blanket for her coming nephew, Meyer Kelly.  And, I left her with fabric for pillowcases, the instructions, and with two extra feet ordered for her machine–a walking foot and a darning foot for free-motion quilting.  Soon, she was making pillowcases with abandon.

What’s fun about this story is that her two youngest–Talula and Wilhelmina–are helping pick out fabrics, hanging over the machine, and getting very excited when it’s time to give the gift that has just been made.  My guess is that there are two generations learning to sew now.

So, imagine my surprise and pleasure when a wall quilt arrived in the mail for my birthday.  And, it’s beautiful!  The girls helped pick out the fabric, and the whole family participated in that the guys had to do without mom for a bit while she sewed.  I hung it outside my quilting room door.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Tami’s first quilt is called “Maine’s Breakfast With a View” because from the windows in our dining area, you can see all the bird feeders and birds, the woods beyond the house, and, in winter, the ridge beyond our house.

I love the bird fabric.  I’ve been very drawn to bird fabric lately and just bought a yard to fussy cut not long ago.  There are so many really gorgeous bird fabrics on the market now.  I also really love the reds in this quilt–they look so warm in this spot outside my quilt room.  And I think the way Tami coordinated fabrics in this quilt shows real promise.  She is now taking a sewing class as she’d like to make some dresses for the girls–which is all how it starts.

What a fabulous birthday present!  I will treasure this quilt always!

Written by louisaenright

April 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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