I joined the Swoon-a-long on flickr and made three swoon blocks.
I like making these blocks
and I feel a little annoyed making these blocks.
It's fun to think, fondle, pick out, and see the results of the fabric combinations,
but in my gut, these modernized blocks are lacking something for me.
I tried to take it to the next level and came up with this Swoon in a swoon!
I like it!
It was a little bit of a bugger to make.
I didn't have a pattern and had no idea how much fabric I would need.
I think Carrol, at http://www.auntmarysquiltshop.com/ loved me doing this project because I ended up buying six yards of the dots and the red!
Those outer red rectangles were about 24 x 13!
Lilalou was tired of me taking up her bed space to figure this one out!
When I went to take care of some mom duty,
she twirled and pawed and finally got it just how she wanted it!
A few posts back I shared this flying-goose-turned-to-chevron quilt.
I am still working through the grief process for the loss of my mom.
Geese represent the sacred circle of life.
And the fabric is Denise Schmidt's Hope Valley.
Krista at http://kristahandbags.com/ quilted it for me and did a fantastic job.
She used two layers of batting so the zig zagginess really pops!
Still thinking about my mom, who we called Gram, I joined the Granny Square Quilt Along at
is another fabulous quilting blog that I just love.
She just survived that awful burst of tornado action - check out her eerie pictures.
I am using Kate Spain's Good Fortune fabric line as my mom loved all things Asian themed (this feels a little Asian) and dragon flies.
Hope and Good Fortune
I decided to use my mom's sudden passing as an opportunity for post traumatic GROWTH.
I have done a lot of positive growing this past year
in terms of developing healthier coping skills for life.
Lately I have been focused on
Eckhart Tolle's book The Power of Now.
He says -
"Conditions are neither positive nor negative. They are as they are. And when you live in complete acceptance of what is - which is the only sane way to live - there is no "good" or "bad" in your life any more."
What I find so interesting is I quilt this way.
A thought pops into my head,
I start making that thought become reality.
I trust that the fabric/thread/machine will work and be enough
and if not I will figure it out when I need to.
In fact, quite often, I find I miraculously have just enough time, fabric or thread in my bobbin!
I never worry about my project.
Always - my project is what it is.
Have I had quilts come out less striking or contrasting or straight than I wanted?
but never once have I got hung up on that.
In twelve years I have never made a "bad" quilt.
I love them all.
What if the moments in my life were like this?
"Through allowing the "isness" of all things,
a deeper dimension underneath the play of opposites reveals itself to you as an abiding presence,
an unchanging deep stillness,
and uncaused joy beyond good and bad.
This is the joy of Being, the peace of God." - Eckhart Tolle
joy beyond "good" and "bad"
Well, while I continue growing,
the thinking of new projects is exciting!
I am contemplating this New York beauty quilt along
Here's a glimpse of my "percolate" wall.
Have you seen this ad for a trip to Ireland for their quilt festival?!!!!
And perhaps a little more practical...
a new purse?
And what about
Robins remind us that we have infinite resources on hand when working on
renewal, joy, spiritual growth.