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Thursday, 18 February 2010

The thing with patchwork and quilting

Can you believe it? I finally got some pies together!!! I am strangely excited by this turn of events and have done a little dance in the hallway even. It is starting to look like a quilt and even starting to feel like a quilt. I am really crazy for fabric, I just love the stuff. (Yeah, I know this isn't news to anyone, but go with it.) Fabric shops are my best thing. I love to touch fabric, drape fabric.......are you getting this? Fabric is good. Really good. But then you add patchwork to the equation. You get some really good fabric and you cut it into little pieces. Common sense here tells me that if I start with something good, then cut it into little pieces I'm on the wrong track. It's not good. But with patchwork it is good. You take your little pieces and arrange them, then rearrange them and finally you start to sew them together. Sometimes by hand. Sometimes with a machine. You work on those little pieces until they are one piece of fabric again. One piece of fabric. Like it was before. And not like it was before. Patchworked fabric is better. It feels better. Drapes better. Looks better. It's almost as if patchwork is a magnifier.
  • fabric + patchwork = much more than you started out with
Can you tell I have been helping Miss 13 with her maths and science homework? Then you take your patchworked fabric and get the quilting process going. Same thing. Quilting is another of those magical magnifiers. So you end up with a quilt that looks and feels more than two times better than the sum of it's parts. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why I quilt. Cause everyone needs a little magic in their life! This is one fifth of the pies together. I actually put the first tart together today and plan to get them attatched to my better than fabric fabric over the next few days. C'mon magic!!!

13 comments:

loulee said...

I know exactly what you mean!
They look good enough to eat!

Lorraine said...

wow...looking good!! you have been "cooking" up a storm...I am all fabric-ed out after packing up the sewing room....took me the best part of two days!!....it was fun looking and touching the fabric and refolding and stacking it into boxes...not sure when I will be seeing it all again...so had to make sure I took it all in!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your pies look amazing - so modern and fresh!Can't wait to see it finished!

Copper Patch said...

It looks fabulous and I bet it feels better. It's so nice to hear/see that you are enjoying the journey.
Ab

Mary said...

I really love those blocks!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi very nice quilt. I love the colors.
pat

Jantine said...

I recognize the feeling! Your pies look great, good job. Funny how making the blocks consumes so much time compared to getting them together! At least, that is how it feels to me all the time!

Jill said...

My husband once described quilting as that disease where you cut up perfectly good pieces of fabric and then put it all back together again! I wholeheartedly agree with you Khris. Fabric is my drug of choice - the smell. the feel. the look... just can't get enough of the stuff! Your pies look gorgeous - such a natural high when it all comes together. Jill xx

Jo in TAS said...

MMMMm fabric, I luv it too. Your pies are looking scrummy!!

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

Your pies are looking stunning. I know what you mean about fabric, I have been buying quite a bit lately. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Christine said...

They look so yummy, well done

cheers
Christine

Chookyblue...... said...

looks good enough to eat from here........dh thinks we are all crazy cutting up perfectly good fabric into smaller pieces only to sew them back together......lol..........but I am with you....
...goodluck with the 13yr olds homework.......scary......

Stina said...

Wow..love your pies.. absolutely....fresh!! :o)