Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A recent quilt of mine

Photo: What should this one be called? "Circle of friends?" This is a panel I bought while visiting in Portland, bordered, free-motion quilted, and beaded. I made many of the beads myself -- too bad they are so hard to see in this photo. Adding them to the quilt was a tremendous amount of work, but worth it!

You learn so much when you try out things. One tidbit I learned rather belatedly is that the borders should have been added AFTER I did all the free-motion quilting and beading. Then it would hang flat. Live and learn. Would it be cheating to add a sleeve to the bottom in back and slide in a flat rod?

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Making time

If you love doing it, it doesn't take patience. Patience has nothing to do with it. You need patience to do things you don't like to do. -- Jonathan Shannon, quilter

Often, when I finish a project such as a quilt, mosaic, polymer clay, altered book, etc., I am asked, "How long did it take you to do that?"

Hmmm... Now let's see. I never thought about how long it took. I was enjoying myself so much that I didn't think about the time. As everyone says, "Time flies when you're having fun." You don't have enough time to do what you don't want to do, but you make time for the things you enjoy. You are not aware of time passing while you are involved in your passion, not until a sudden feeling strikes you, you look at the clock, and realize you forgot to eat.