Saturday, May 21, 2016

All she needs

All she needs is quilting  on the borders
I have been working on this quilt for quiet a while and now I can see the hard work coming to life.
The beauty of this quilt and the design is so wonderful to come into practice. I remember this quilt hanging over my longarm wondering what could I do?  How do I design it?  I had it hanging around for a good 4 months just thinking about the design of the quilt..  When I quilted the center diamond I remember even calling my friend to take it back and that I didn't want to do it.   I was scared I wasn't good enough and didn't want to ruin my friends quilt.  I love my friend because she said, "Keep it.  I know you will do something beautiful."  With doubt in my heart and fear of failure.  I pressed on. 

I think I have grown the most with this quilt.  I would work on it sporadically and with no expectation.  Once I quilted the center diamond everything seemed to of clicked.  I found a design that created interest and at the same time highlighted the piercers work.
I learned straight line quilting, I learned stitching in the ditch, I gained much practice on feathers, pebbles, and  shells.  I tried out different marking tools and found my favorite out of the many.  I also tried different rulers, Lisa Callies,  Dritz stitch in the ditch, and my favorite Apothecaries Ruler.  I also found a wonder full extended table for my longarm so that I would be able to straight line quilt without hesitation from my old table that would get stuck. 
I have made countless videos on  with this quilt.  It has really been an work of love. 
I have sat on this quilt on the hardest days of my life, trying to find strength for another day and allowed this quilt to get my focus back. 
 I have cried and allowed myself to find healing as I would sit for countless hours quilting.  I would pray as I quilted  and in the rhythm of the movement and the purring of the motor some how I found my answers and peace.  I have listened to beautiful Christian music and had my dogs sitting near by as I would work on this quilt.  One time  my dog stretched out in such a strange position with such peace I even feel she was touched by the peace. 
I have had this quilt a long time and Its almost time to let her go.  I thank her for everything she has given me. 

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