Monday, October 12, 2009

Stages

Have you ever noticed that quilts have stages in their lives just like we do. I was noticing this recently when looking around my sewing room at all my works in progress.
First there is the fun fabric stage. Like a brand new baby, so cuddly and fun to look at and hold. Then it becomes unruly pieces ready to form into blocks. Not unlike the terrible twos. I say this because it is no secret I dislike this unruly stage.

Then it becomes cute little blocks. Learning to play together so nicely. Don't you just love the grade school age?
Then those blocks get sewn into neat little rows.That become beautiful tops. That once again give us a bit of trouble as we baste and quilt them. I find myself wrestling with them at this stage of the game, not unlike my teenagers.Then we sew the binding on. I love this stage. It relaxes me. I enjoy seeing my work come to fruition. Just as I am enjoying watching my young adult son find his way in this world.
Then the quilt is finished. A thing of beauty and comfort. I don't know if we as human ever reach this completed stage. But isn't it what we aspire for?

20 comments:

  1. I am in LOVE with pic No 5 and reassured that I am not alone in my wrestling!!

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  2. Gosh, what a thoughtful and thought provoking post. This is definitely one of your best writings my friend. Wow! I really enjoy how you tied this all together. Such an inner connection to life that you have as well as our Art.

    Warmly, *karendianne.

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  3. I agree, this posting was one that gave me, as a mother and a quilter, something to think about. I love the analogy - thank you!
    karen
    http://www.karensthreadsofhope.blogspot.com

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  4. A well written post, very true.

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  5. very thought provoking and interesting...trying to figure out what stage I am in my life right now!

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  6. I like your comparisons. Oh, so true.

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  7. What a beautiful analogy - and so true! Thanks so much...

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  8. Very insightful analogy...I loved reading your post!

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  9. Loved your post.. made me laugh.. it wa so right!! :o))
    Love your new scrappy quilts in progress!! :o))

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  10. What a great analogy! And beautifully illustrated.

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  11. And then comes the worn out frayed at the edges in need of repair stage...and that is where I think I am right now! LOL. Nice analogy, I enjoyed reading it.

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  12. I think this post just brought me to tears. Is this why I love the process of quilting? I have associated many quilts with the stages in my life - and it is interesting what project I work on during my mood..

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  13. I love this comparison! Makes me want to finish up all my UFOs too :^)

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  14. what great comparisons! And oh so true...
    Kris

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  15. Oh, gosh, Em! This post reminds me of my university days - Developmental Psycholody. Your analogy is great!

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  16. A beautiful post Em...and so true..
    our quilts are our babies, that grow and leave us with memories of the growing stage of that quilt..
    Julia ♥

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  17. Well said Em! Exactly!!! 8-)

    Hope you are all happy and healthy!

    Happy stitchings!

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