This is a doll quilt made by my Grandmother for my Mother in the 1940's.
I was having a chat with Julie about what an inspiration Bonnie Hunter has been for me. My enthusiasm outruns my achievements and I am practically paralyzed by my stash sometimes. I need to get it cut and get it used. I have so many fabrics, mostly FQ's, and I absolutely love each one. The tone, the texture, the feel between my fingers. It's so sensual - and I mean that in the innocent sense: "of or pertaining to the senses or physical sensation; sensory". It is obviously gratifying some innate "touch" need. I mean, look how many ladies, even seasoned quilters, can't resist touching quilts at quilt shows! No matter how many signs we put up and how many white glove ladies we have on duty - it still happens. I actually carry my own white gloves so I can get away with peeking at the backs. And I have told many a fine lady to back off too. Still our hands reach out without our minds knowing.
I was never one to want to quilt gorgeous heirloom quilts that nobody used (well, not yet anyway). I consider myself a practical quilter to make quilts that will be used and cried on and dragged around and shared with the dog or cat and thrown in the washing machine with only scraps left of it for the future. I want my quilts loved to death and worn out. There are so many wonderful patterns out there and I just need to learn to trust my instincts and actually cut in to my stash. One pattern I'm totally in love with is Turning Twenty Again by Tricia Cribbs. Use 20 FQ's to make 20 16inch blocks. The leftovers are perfect for some of Bonnie's patterns. So I can feel really good about using up every bit of my FQ without waste. I can let go of my fear of thinking I'm going to make a mistake and just get on with it. The worst thing that will happen is that I will have a (hopefully) well-made ugly quilt. And someone somewhere always needs a blanket, even in a lovely city like Perth. I also need to learn "little and often" for my sewing. The psychology of making "just one block" instead of "making a quilt". This is inspired by Karen. She's making one block a week and calling it Scrappy Sundays. So in articulating my thoughts to you I am clarifying a plan of action for myself.
I think I will be ok. I'm seeing so many wonderful quilters in blogland and I know they are women just like me with work and family and health issues. Although I am so new to blogging all the comments have been nice and the encouragement is so helpful and gratefully accepted. And it doesn't matter what country or what language. Our hearts speak the same language.
Thanks for visiting and writing me.
Hugs to all
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