College Days

This quilt became my reentry into quilting.

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It was to be a Christmas gift for my daughter for her first year in college. I wanted something that would be warm, comfortable, quick, easy and be able to take a lot of abuse. A flannel rag quilt seemed perfect.

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Once I started sewing, I realized why it had been years since I had done any major sewing (other than a very busy life). The machine did not like me. Not even a little bit. Part way through the process, in tears I quit. I am not one to easily give up, but I tried everything I could think of to get the machine to work properly. After my frustration subsided, a few days later (I did not want a machine to beat me), I took the machine in for servicing. Then there was the good news/bad news part.

Bad news – the machine was too old and not worth repairing (so sad).

Good news – My dear husband took me machine shopping (oh happy day!).

My husband, being the curious sort that he is, asked about the machines (sergers) in another part of the store that the salesperson didn’t show us. When she explained what they were he asked me if I had one. Yes, I did but I didn’t use it because it was old and hadn’t worked in years. See a pattern here. 🙂

Not only did I walk away with a new sewing machine, but also a new serger! Merry Christmas to me!

The back.

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Not only was I able to finish the quilt for my daughter, I fell in love with quilting again. And while it would still be a few years before I discovered there were quilt shops and shows and guilds, I was happy as a clam in my own little quilting world.

It is hard to believe that since that day I have connected with the online quilting world with social media and my blog. I discovered rotary cutters and rulers and books and classes and learned that good quality quilt fabric is heavenly to work with.

As you can see the quilt did survive my daughter’s college days. And while it is not attractive it is well-loved and served its purpose. I am not sure if she puts it out for her four boys to use, but if so it can weather the beating.

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Love you Baby. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed since you first left home and that you are now a grown woman with a family of your own. Love you, Mom

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • Diane. Rincon

    This is a lovely story, Jackie! It is a special quilt too.

  • Quiltin’ Jenny

    What a great story! I hope my grandkids are making forts someday out of the rag quilts I made my boys a few years ago. In fact, I will have to put those on my list for #TBT. Thanks for linking up!

  • Sandi Colwell

    Very sweet story. Love that she uses it still today. I also love that you walked away with a new machine and serger in one shopping trip 😉

    • Jackie


      Yes, new machines were certainly fun ways to get back into the sewing world. I have a keeper of a husband.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
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  • val

    Perfect post to rejuvenate under our Tuesday Archives Flannel theme Jackie. Love the title: College Days…good memories for sure!

    • val

      I also love that this quilt for your daughter rejuvinated your sewing mojo!

      • Jackie

        Thanks Val, who would have thought it would have brought me to the place I am at now.

        *Ask me about classes*
        *Long arm quilting services*
        *Custom quilts*