Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quilting IS an evolution!

It's 4 a.m. and I just completed quilting this wonderful Christmas quilt whose pattern "Crazy Nine Patch Lattice Quilt" I got from Oh, Fransson!.  
It is a free downloadable pattern from this talented designer that I am teaching this month as a class that needs to be photographed this morning (I generally accomplish much under deadlines).  I am especially enjoying what I did for the backside.

  Although I have been a longarm quilter for several years now, I am new to meandering on my home machine.  Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! meanders a vast majority of her quilts.  They look so good that I thought I would try it and I love it!  As I was quilting in my zone during the middle of the night my thoughts drifted.  I began to become aware of the rhythm of the machine, the motion of the fabric.  I realized that as my meandering is becoming practiced, my quilting is evolving into something I feel good about; good not only because I can actually do it, but it looks good too.  My thoughts then began to drift to thinking about how through my quilting I myself have evolved.  Quilting has taught me to relax, to be patient, to let the flow goes where it wants to, not where I want it to and to be okay, if not overjoyed, with the results.  Through my quilting I have experienced many life lessons, met many generous and open-hearted people, and evolved to the person I am today.  It's exciting to realize that quilting is an evolution and that as my quilting continues to evolve, I, as a person, will also continue on the path of personal evolution.