Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Intersection{s} ~ a modern quilt

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Life, to me, appears to be a series of intersections.  Go straight, watch out for oncoming cars and innocent bystanders.  Turn left, turn right, reverse to turn around.  However, no matter what you do, always stop and think before choosing which way to proceed.

When jealous... turn to generosity

When angry... choose to love

When bitter... reverse and forgive

When you are in the dark... use your lights

When lost... use your map

When overwhelmed... slow down, yield, and proceed with caution

When running low on fuel... be resourceful

When in need... give

When in doubt... be creative

I always try to be honest and real here because on a blog there's nothing more sterile and boring to me than, "here's my perfect self, with my piles of pretty fabric, and my pile of perfect quilts...". 

If I were to rephrase that it would be more like, "here's That frazzled Girl, with piles of scattered fabric, and a stack of finished quilts because I'm too {anxious, upset, nervous, angry...} to sleep".  The finished product may be nice but believe me, I'm just as much of a mess as the next person. ;)

The second phrase has been more and more true as of late and it sucks.  Just being honest.  Decisions are tough, especially when there are other drivers at the intersection and you are waiting on them to make their own independent {hopefully right} choices before you can proceed. 

So I wait.  And I create.  That's where this quilt came from and I love it.  The quilt itself is for a very special baby but the pattern is something I designed and want to make over and over because of how my thoughts wander when I quilt it.  Slow down... turn left... turn right... yield... U-turn... if there was ever a quilt perfect for free motion meandering quilting, this is the one.  At least for me... ;)

It measures approximately  50" x 50" and it took me all of a few hours to quilt it.  A few hours where my mind rested and nothing mattered but the quilt, the curves, the stitches and the hum of my machine... competing with the screeching sounds of Phinneas and Ferb.  Hey, I didn't say that it was a few hours of perfect peace and quiet!

The colors; pink, green, and orange are outside my normal scope and I love the combination.  The fabrics are Nicey Jane, Good Folks, Modern Meadow, Love, Hope Valley and the solid is Kona pale flesh {which makes me gag each time I think of that name}. 

I bound it with a plaid from the Modern Meadow line which is a super easy way to get a striped binding without having to cut bias strips. 

The back is pieced from more Nicey Jane, Hope Valley, Love, and Kona...

Happy Fabric Tuesday!

P.S. I really wanted to have the pattern finished for this post but a late softball game left me feeling rushed so hopefully it will be ready later this week... :)


Elizabeth D. said...

I love this quilt! And I love the name you gave it, awesome! I fully did not know that there was a Kona named pale flesh. Usually the names are so much more...palatable than that! Beautiful work, as always!

Jenn said...

Beautiful! I am suffering from quilt~envy again, I'm afraid. Actually...that's my problem. I'm afraid to actually TRY the quilt I have planned in the back of my mind.

Lesly said...

Beautiful post and beautiful quilt! Love the pattern and your fabric choices (pale flesh not withstanding)!

AMKreations said...

The quilt is beautiful, as well as the thoughts you've included...I do appreciate that you're "real" on your blog...because it is more readable!

Hope you have a wonderful day today!

Lee said...

An incredible quilt, I love it. And I'm so glad you keep it real on your blog. I feel like I get great advice here, but I can also relate to much of what you write about. And let's face it, NONE of us are perfect!

live a colorful life said...

Your posts, and quilts, are always inspiring and you make me feel such a connection, like we're going through some of the same stuff, just different circumstances. I can really relate to your writing.

Your quilt is amazing and I'm looking forward to the pattern...and I'm totally with you on the yuck factor of "pale flesh."

Sew Many Mamas said...

I love this quilt! Love the colors, pattern, everything : )

Dree said...

It's beautiful! And all those intersections (aka seams) to match up--wow!

jednoiglec said...

This quilt is lovely: modern, but with some romance (probably because of the pinks additions). I love it! (visiting from Fabric Tuesdays:)

Jessica said...

oooh, so pretty. is it very hard to put together?

ktquilts said...

Love the quilt, and the post! Great design, can't wait to see the tute!!

emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the quilt and the story. :)

visiting from Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory

Becky said...

Gorgeous! I sew more when I'm stressed! Cheap therapy! But do take care of yourself, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is really lovely. Love the fabric and the modern design.

amy smart said...

This turned out so beautifully! And I love the sentiments expressed in your post - I so related. Sometimes getting on the computer adds stress to my life, but usually sitting behind my sewing machine relieves it. (Unless it's Halloween costumes!)

maree said...

Oh boy- am I so at that intersection and my indicators are stuck! Maybe I need to make this quilt - it might just help to unstick my indicator:) Love your post and love the quilt. Keep on keeping it real. I know that at the moment my stitching is my reality while I decide 'what I want to be when I grow up'! Ciao

~Niki~ said...

oh i'm so glad you posted this about imperfections.
i cruise from blog to blog to see the 'perfect' quilters. here i am, not so perfect. kids frazzled.
mom frazzled.
fabric and yarn everywhere. thanks girl! your quilt, is of course, gorgeous as ever!

Mariliz's Musings said...

It's gorgeous!

Beverly said...

Both the quilt and the words are inspiring. You are truly talented. Look forward to the tutorial.

Carla said...

Another great quilt, Jennifer! Thanks for being YOU!

Kate said...

Love your blog and that you keep it so real! Your last pattern instructions were fantastic and I'm sure this one will be no exception!

Thimbleanna said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE it!!!

Leslie said...

this is absolutely gorgeous~!

Cecily said...

The quilt is beautiful and I can totally identify with your story behind it. What would we do without quilting to keep us sane? Hope things get smoother.

CraftyMama said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I just want to say I love your frank and honest approach.

Your quilt is beautiful and so is your way with words. Keep doing what you do. I am now following you and I look forward to many more blog posts.

Happy quilting!

Quiltstory said...

Amazing again! great quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Hollie said...

I love this quit and your post really helped me keep things in perspective. It's been a rough week but it's so much better to turn those negatives into positives. It's been a running theme for me this week. Thanks for the reminder.

amandajean said...

The quilt is wonderful! I like a quilt with a good name and story behind it.
This comment brought to you by another frazzled girl. ;)

Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhhh, I just love it, it turned out so well!

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