What amazing discussion evolved from my posts of the past couple of days. You quilting friends are marvelously thoughtful and intelligent individuals. I got so much out of all your responses. Many of you pointed out that it is possible to find a balance between taking your time to make a quilt, (including doing hand work or machine quilting), and on the other hand, doing the occasional "get it done" speedy project. I spent the summer cranking out quilt tops which I now find I cannot afford to get professionally quilted. It was truly too much, too fast. I hardly remember my joy in constructing them or my pride in completing them. It opened my eyes to the zen quality of quilting, which we sometimes loose sight of. It is a Process; and good work sometimes deserves serious contemplation and a commitment of time. And sometimes you need to get a gift made or want a seasonal quilt FAST, and you cut corners. It works both ways and both are wonderful and Right.
Speaking of quilting friends----remember a couple of weeks ago I
had stolen ran out of some fabric I needed to complete a Block of the Month project I am working on? Jeanine kindly offered to send me the 3 1/2 inch square of fabric I needed. I was thrilled at her generosity and looked forward to the postman's visit with a little envelope from her containing the scrap of fabric. Imagine my shock when this is what arrived:
She sent me the fabric, pictured in the center, plus "some of her favorite quilting supplies"!!!! A cool collector's edition Olfa rotary cutter, some pins and the neatest pair of Fiskars Short Cut Snip scissors! Jeanine, you are incredible. Thank you so much!
I never would have dreamed, thirty years ago when I developed an interest in quilting what a fantastic society of people my hobby would introduce me too. You are all so wonderful.