Wednesday, December 16, 2015

simplicity

I am completing the quilt I started for my grand daughter before she was born.
I am following through, loving the slow process.  It's a log cabin arrangement, hand pieced and hand quilted.
I respect the materials by handling them gently.
I respect the finished product by taking my time.
I respect the future owner (not two yet) by touching and holding this piece as I make it.
I believe that she will feel my touch in this quilt for the rest of her life.
Making something become real and that will have a place in her life makes me feel useful.
Quilts are protection blankets in so many ways and I want to protect the ones I love.
The back is a square of large dots within a square of tiny ones.
"Simplicity stands at the end, not at the beginning of a work."  Anni Albers 1944

19 comments:

  1. Your granddaughter will always be shielded by this materialization of time. You have taken all of these stitches with your love and hopes for her in mind. She can't help but be braced by the knowledge of your support as she goes through her life. No matter what happens, she will forever be a person who has been held in another's steadfast heart and hands.

    The subdued prettiness of the soft colors peppered with the red of warm hearth and loving heart is just beautiful.

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  2. A treasure of time, love and usefulness. It is a beautiful gift from the heart and I love the quote you finished with.

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  3. so beautiful... such a great treasure...

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  4. Cloth as a story of love and caring ... what a treasure

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  5. The best thing about lovingly handcrafting something for a particular person is all the thinking, the well-wishing that is stitched into every inch. It is a stunning gift.

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  6. My favourite kind of quilt. Made with plenty of love and time.

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  7. A treasure for years to come.

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  8. Very precious ... A true G.Ma's love gift ....

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  9. Such a lovely quilt.
    She will cherish it all of her life and think of you............

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  10. Reading your words I realize that i have never laid under a handmade quilt.

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  11. I have just came inside, from looking up at the moon, it's a very warm night here in Melbourne, and for some reason my thoughts went to my Grandmother, who has been gone for many years. Then I read your post. Maybe it's the time of year ~ but seeing this beautiful creation and your thoughtful words makes me want to cry. I hope that in the coming years your Granddaughter can feel the love you have stitched into her quilt.

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  12. This is Love, and how you have stitched strength into such softness is another layer of beauty.

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  13. Amazing. Simply AMAZING! Makes me want to sit in my easy chair and stitch slowly this morning.

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  14. Thank you for the compliments. I love this quilt. I am surprised by how much I love it.
    The solid soft colours and the traditional layout go way back in our collective memories to long lasting comfort and....joy. I can't think of any other word that expresses how i feel as I stitch this piece.

    I was hoping it would be finished for Christmas, but have given up on that now. It will be done before she turns two is my new deadline.

    xoxo

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  15. Anonymous9:42 am

    So well said. Thank you!

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  16. Simply beautiful! do you do Facebook

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  17. What a beautiful treasure!

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx