Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Making of a Quilt

It may seem monotonous to cut 6 pieces out of 5 inch squares 36 times, but I find the process to be meditative. There is a sense of satisfaction seeing all the fabric pieces stack up as I get through the 36 squares. In the beginning I am attentive, but after a while, it becomes a repetitive motion, much like knitting. My mind starts to wander and I zone out, but my hands keep moving and cutting as if they are on autopilot.
Then the assembling begins. All lined up, pinned and ready to be sewn.
Now the fun part begins. Arranging and rearranging 36 quilt blocks to create something pleasing to the eye.

I hope that all of you mothers out there had a great Mother's Day. Or if you are not a mother yet, I hope you spent a nice day with your mom. This was my first Mother's Day as a mom and I had a lovely day. DH and Melody took me out to lunch. Her gift to me was that she did not fuss or cry once during the lunch. I was ready to swallow my food and pay immediately at the first signs of distress from her, but she was content to lay in her stroller and kick her legs. I consider that a great meal!

29 comments:

leslie said...

a big happy mother's day to you. what a great gift! and that quilt. i love your fabric choices. and combinations. just perfect!

schrodinger said...

Happy mother's day to you!! I'm glad you had a good one.

That quilt is going to be a beaut.

Priscilla said...

Happy Mothers Day Oiyi! Sounds like you had a nice day. Beautiful quilt, I'd take one like that any day!

Kirsten said...

Happy Mother's Day!!
That quilt is going to be a beauty!

Agnes said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, Oiyi!
Your new quilt project looks great. I just started machine quilt mine today ... only managed to finish 1/4 ... hoping tomorrow I can do more while the husband is at work!

caitlyn said...

Happy Mother's Day!!! I am glad you had a lovely time with your hubby and Melody.
The quilt blocks look awesome!

Jennie said...

The fabrics look great, wonderful colours, can't wait to see it when it's finished.

bunbun said...

Happy Mothers Day Oiyi! glad you had a great day w/ your family.
Great photos of the quilting process, it looks fantastic!
I find repetitive stuff to be relaxing as well, like chopping vegetables.

joyce said...

Wow, can't wait to see the finished product!
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Such beautiful fabric. Yes a simple pattern but so lovely and rich.

Nic said...

Impressive looking quilt!!! It going to be stunning! In fact, all your knits and projects are so good!

My Best Friend Calls Me Martha said...

First, Happy First Mother's Day! That must be such a cool feeling :) Second, I am absolutely in LOVE with the colors of that quilt. Sooo beautiful!!! I like the orange in the middle of every square, makes everything look so cohesive!

amandajean said...

such a pretty quilt! happy mother's day to you! what a treat to have a happy baby during the meal. I remember that sweet relief too, with my firstborn.

rohanknitter said...

That's always a nice gift when baby lets Mom (and Dad) eat a nice meal out!!
That quilt is going to be gorgeous - great colors!!

Jacquie said...

glad you had a peaceful meal. The quilt is looking fine!

YayaOrchid said...

So glad to hear you had a very nice day with your family. I am absolutely loving those fabric squares! The colors are so pretty and I hope you post a pic when your quilt is finished. I'm sure it will be eye candy!

Rima said...

Beautiful colors for the squares. I cannot imagine quilting--it takes so much of precision...it would drive me nuts. I envy all quilters.

Rebekah said...

this is going to be an amazing quilt! I love the colors and patterns you've chosen : )

Danielle said...

I'm glad you had such a nice first Mother's Day :) Your quilt is going to be really beautiful indeed. I never liked the cutting and sewing, but I LOVED the hand quilting. I look forward to seeing how this one turns out. You and your janome are certainly getting to be good friends again lately too ;)

Lisa said...

It's beautiful Oiyi! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

flanthrower said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Can't wait to see the finished quilt. Which reminds me I should probably finish quilting one I've been working on a for a while. I finished the top in a snap but the actual quilting part isn't so fun! :)

Knitterella said...

Your quilt is going to be beautiful! Love the colors. (I think I'm going to start a quilt too!)

I'm not a mother yet, but hope to be one day. Glad you had such a nice mother's day with your DH and sweet little girl!

Laurah said...

Your quilt had gorgeous colors! I especially like the print of the blue square, not to mention it goes so well with the orange center. Beautiful!
Glad you had a nice meal out with the baby!

kawaii crafter said...

Happy belated Mother's Day! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Octopus Knits said...

That quilt looks like fun! What a nice mother's day gift : )

bettyninja said...

such rich, vivid colors. Lovely.

Muddling Through said...

I LOVE your fabric choices and the way you've combined them. It's going to be beautiful!

Glad you had a good Mother's Day. Enjoy that little sweet Melody.

Lynn said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see what you make!

Megan said...

I love the colors!