Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I know a lot has been written in recent months about the process of quilting. I don't often write about it, but I think about it a lot. What is it about creating through quilting that draws so many to love and cherish this art form? I had a few moments yesterday to hand applique' the basket handles on two of my blocks--and realized how long it had been since I'd worked on any hand-work other than binding. I truly loved that window of time that I was able to sit quietly, think, and leisurely sew the handles. I realized how much I have missed having an applique' project to work on in the evenings.
I've been avoiding the blocks with templates, so this week I challenged myself to make two blocks requiring templates--(Block #1 Attic Windows and Block #3, Basket). I only used the handle template for block 3 though--sometimes it's just easier to do the math than to print out and make the templates.
I love looking at the blocks all together. Taking photographs helps me to see which colors I might need to use more or less of in the upcoming blocks.
Two sets of blocks--that will make two very different quilts. I love both the comfortable dreaminess of the warm Fig Tree fabrics and the happy feeling I get from the bright Kate Spain Christmas prints. I love the ease and speed of machine piecing, and I also crave the serenity that comes from hand stitching. What about you--what are your thoughts about the quilting process right now?