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December 5, 2009: Serial Quilt Monogamy

Unlike most quilters, I work on one project at a time rather than several simultaneously. Despite my rather businesslike approach, making a quilt, for me, is like falling in love.

A couple of weeks ago, I sewed into the wee hours of the morning to complete my latest, a New York Basket top I had designed and started earlier in the year. It's a charming blend of lively shirtings and tiny black and red prints.

Early on, with only a few of the 32 blocks and some of the sawtooth sashing on my design wall, I could tell the quilt was working. Satisfied, I moved into high production gear, basically creating a kit from the fabrics that made the final cut. In July, with half the blocks finished, I packed my kit into a box, knowing I would be away in Chicago for my daughter Mary's surgery, on a trip to Scotland with my husband Mark, and also at our vacation home on Washington Island, Wisconsin.

By the time I returned to my sewing room, a new love interest was on the horizon. An applique eagle on an antique quilt in the International Quilt Study Center collection and a desire to make a donation for the Quilts of Valor Foundation inspired me one day to sketch out a full size patriotic medallion involving stars, stripes, and applique lettering.

With vintage style fabrics on order from Andover, I had to wrap up my relationship with New York Baskets quickly. I lined up a talented longarm quilter early in the week, and sewed for hours every day. The final stitch on the piano key border happened that last night around 2 a.m. Before I went to bed, I tidied up my sewing room, re-stowed leftover fabrics, discarded unneeded triangle squares, and cleaned my machine.

I lay my head on my pillow at 3:00, dreaming of an eagle with gold print talons.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will be twitterpated.

 

 

 

Posted on Saturday, December 5, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | Comments2 Comments | References8 References

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Thanks to you and Liz, I too stayed up until 3:00 a.m. many nights this month. I made 2 queen size quilts, a baby quilt and finished a king sized quilt. It was many nights spent in my sewing room from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. I could sooooo well relate to your statement that when you put your head on your pillow at 3:00 a.m. your thoughts were of an eagle with gold print talons. Mine were of Martha Washington Star blocks, double irish chain blocks and civil war blocks. I made quilts for each one of my children this Christmas. 5 quilts!! People said it couldn't be done but just give me a challenge and stand back! I had one made already and another one I started in July. It was an amazing adventure! Thanks to your web site and the videos from your shows which I subscribed to, and to my dear mathematical husband, I was able to accomplish my goal!! I love your shows. Thanks so much!!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ruth Kowalczyk Kolk

Thanks to you and Liz, I too stayed up until 3:00 a.m. many nights this month. I made 2 queen size quilts, a baby quilt and finished a king sized quilt. It was many nights spent in my sewing room from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. I could sooooo well relate to your statement that when you put your head on your pillow at 3:00 a.m. your thoughts were of an eagle with gold print talons. Mine were of Martha Washington Star blocks, double irish chain blocks and civil war blocks. I made quilts for each one of my children this Christmas. 5 quilts!! People said it couldn't be done but just give me a challenge and stand back! I had one made already and another one I started in July. It was an amazing adventure! Thanks to your web site and the videos from your shows which I subscribed to, and to my dear mathematical husband, I was able to accomplish my goal!! I love your shows. Thanks so much!!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ruth Kowalczyk Kolk

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