It is Fall Quilt Fest over at Amy’s Park City Girl blog
I was excited to join.
This is not my best quilt, not at all, but it is extremely important to me, and it has taught me many things..
I believe that as we do, we become better. Especially with quilting, I seem to learn with every project.
The quilt I am choosing to show is one that I made about 1 year ago… Do you remember Nie Nie? Stephanie Neilson? She was in a horrible plane crash with her husband Mr. Neilson, and his flight instructor/friend Doug. The Neilson’s are well on their way to recovery but unfortunately Doug passed during that first night…
There was a huge outpouring of support and many benefits held in their honor to help with the medical expenses and all of the costs associated with such a tragic event. I felt that I needed to do something to help, no matter how small or insignificant it might be.
Hence this lovely little quilt. This one I am really happy with, it is completely randomly pieced~ improvisational style, I loved the colors, which I chose based on the thought of Arizona or the west, the sky, the sun, the desert, the mountains. Sunset colors bold and simple.. the purple color, I don’t know, I think I thought it just needed that. Maybe it was a symbol of a desert flower…. I can’t quite remember but anyway…
I think it all worked out just fine.
Even though I did not pre-wash my dark colors, oops!! The color ran and I thought all was lost, however I spent so much time making that quilt, I just washed and washed it. The stains mostly came out and I debated whether or not to send it… basically people were so sweet they said send it. They also reminded me that because it was handmade, the imperfections only make it sweeter and give a reminder that we are not perfect and never will be. It is simply impossible.
So, off it went..
And guess what? It sold immediately! Of course all items did, but still, it did sell!
Mission accomplished. I felt great. This one act really changed my thinking, yes I love to create, but I don’t need all of the things that I make. You can only give so much as gifts, etc. So, now I craft with a little more purpose and I like to incorporate giving into my life. Great projects exist out there… Craft Hope, Mountain Baby Blankets, Iraqi Bundle of Love, Mama to Mama these are just a few..
~ you can see my free motion quilting is kind of all over the place…
~ my corners appear a mess!
But, my point is, just do what you do, you never know where your journey will lead you, nor will you know how it will affect you.
I believe we came full circle this very week, as I watched Mr. and Mrs. Neilson on the Oprah Show !! Wow, she looks amazing, her husband looks wonderful as well. Her spirit is as strong and lovely as ever, and I am truly touched by that! I am so inspired to not only be a better mom, wife, but also to keep doing what I love because it is important, it really is..