Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Fabriholic?

I have begun yet another project! I was trying to hold off on this one because there are so many others to finish, but i could not wait anymore. At thanksgiving my sister brought me a jelly roll of fabric. I think i squealed and bounced i was so excited to have it. It was a wonderful gift of very beautiful fabrics. Although, once i began making the blocks for the specific pattern i had in mind i was afraid this was going to be one of the hardest quilts i have ever made....not because it is complicated but because there are so many varied colors.

I would start a block and be sure i was going to hate it but once it all came together i started to love it...this went on block after block. I even called my sister and told her this one was going to be hard....it was going to stretch me as a "quilter" more than any other project ever had. Mostly because i really love the fabric to all match and go, and it did not seem to me that that was happening. As i was nearing the end of these blocks Avery came in and wanted to know what i was working on and what it was for. I showed her the finished stack of blocks....she flipped through them and then asked to take them down to sort through them. I did not see any harm in it. Both of the kids like to play with my fabric.
Before very long, the initial piles she had made of the ones she liked and the ones she still had to think about, began to be spread around. After a little she asked me if she could arrange them for me. I balked a little at first because i like the creative control over my quilts but then i caved and let her do what she wanted. I stood back and watched her ponder over it and move squares around just like i do. i could not get the smile off my face, it was wonderful to watch her so confidently go through the creative process. I find this part of the quilt difficult especially in this case because the colors were so varied, but she took it on like a pro and had finished it so fast! Way faster than i ever would have been able to.
In the end it turns out that i love it....i think she did a great job. i really could not have done it any better. Of course i could not change it now if i wanted, i think it should be just as she made it. The huge changes in color, i think, really grow on you and look good together. I am proud of her and more than that she was so proud of herself....several times she stood back, admiring her work and said to me, "i feel really proud of myself mom.". That wins me over more than any project ever could. Her confidence is boosted, I got help for a hard project, and she is excited and willing to help me finish it up. This might be a quilt and fabric monster in the making. :o)
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11 comments:

Colleen said...

It looks great! I spent some time looking at all the fabrics, they are so much easier to see now that they are out of the jelly roll, and I really like them. Glad I could challenge you a bit!

Brown Family Blog said...

Good job, Avery! And good job, Mommy. It is so hard sometimes to stop and step back but you did and loved every minute of it. You helped foster a beautiful memory for your daughter.:O)

Teri said...

Oh I love it!! Great job!! And I'm proud of you for letting go! So hard sometimes!

Elizabeth said...

It's going to look great! and good job Avery! :D

Grammie/Mom said...

Leslie, were the insets added by you? Is each square made up of many pieces? In any event, Avery, you took on this project and made it work!! I'm proud of you too.

heather said...

I LOVE it!!! How fun to have your daughter share your passion. It looks great!! She has a good eye. That's super important with colors and patterns! GREAT job Avery!!

MaryMary said...

Wow--it's so stunning! I love the way the colors all look together. And a jelly roll of fabric is quite an intriguing concept...

Sandra - My Inspired Heart said...

wow! i think it looks wonderful! i love all the colors together!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

that's going to be beautiful! i used to love piecing quilts.

limpingalong said...

Question -- Can you afford to have TWO of you in the house? LOL

One day I let my youngest Granddaughter help lay out some squares. She really got into it. We would place them on the coffee table and then go upstairs and look over the rail so we could get the full effect. Then we would go down and move things. During this time her Mom came to pick her up. She glanced at her Mom and said, "Not now, Mom, I'm quilting!"

limpingalong said...

Good job, Avery!

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