Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stitched in Love


The ladies at the quilt guild are very prolific! Millions of stitches flow out of their sewing machines as they create all sorts of beautiful quilts, wall hangings, and table runners. Some of them are experts in machine embroidery, while others own large quilting machines and are the designated "go to" members for quilting a completed quilt top.




~A colorful quilt top ~


Their creativity and skill never ceases to amaze me. From one guild meeting to another, it's possible to see their progresses as quilts that were started one month are completed by the next. The mathematics of quilt design offers endless possibilities, as do the variety in color schemes and print choices. Sometimes several guild members will be making the same quilt, but they never look the same. Sometimes the viewer has to analyze each project for a few moments before realizing that the quilt design is one and the same.





~ A unique quilt top featuring windmill blocks and a solid centerpiece ~


The best part of quilt guild (besides the potluck lunch, of course) is the "show and tell" that happens at the beginning of the monthly sewing session. It's the time when guild members bring the projects they have in process and share them with the group. It's not only fun to see what they are making, but to hear who they are making the quilt for. Guild members are an altruistic bunch! Maybe I should say that quilters are altruistic people in general. Quilts are lovingly stitched for so many people or groups: grandchildren, a retiring cook at the school district, the Cancer Center, community members who are seriously ill, and more. There's a lot of love that goes into each stitch!


My wish for you today is that your day may be a patchwork of both purposeful and impromptu activities. And that each moment of your day is stitched in love and bound by ties of graciousness. And while you are at it, be sure to take some time for tea! Enjoy your day!

5 comments:

  1. That's a lovely wish, thank you!

    I'm noticing that the backing is also cut into smaller squares...I thought the backing was left as one large piece...you can tell that I know little about quilt making, but since I'm working on a rag quilt for a baby, perhaps I ought to know more.

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  2. Hello La Tea Dah...

    Can you imagine the immense amount of work that goes into those quilts? Wowsers. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Susan

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  3. Your quilt group sounds like a special place, something I could enjoy.

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