Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pieced Together

I have this vision of handmade quilts, on our beds, in our linen closets, in our family room draped over a old ladder I have yet to find.  We've had this amazing quilt Jon's grandma made for us early on in our marriage.  We've hauled it everywhere - to downtown pavements for Big Band concerts in the park, to lush grasses for picnics or gazing at a sky, to the great indoors for making forts in a family room.  And I've been toying with the idea of making them myself for some time now - wanting to get elbows-deep in fabric.  I'm tactile that way. 

Do I own a sewing machine?  No.

Do I know how to sew?  Um, well, no.

Have I ever had any interest in learning to sew before?  Well, no to that one, too, actually.

Details, details.

But I'm gonna do it.  I'm gonna make a quilt.  It's one of my winter projects and I'm totally enthused about it. 

My sister and I were at a fabric store the other day perusing the aisles and I'm pulling out this and that, ooooing and ahhhhing and "Oh-wouldn't-this-be-perfect-for"ing all over the place.  Candy.  I'm tellin' ya, it was candy.

Yummy.  And she laughed and made some comment about how confident I was in both my (future) ability and my belief that I'd really love sewing. 

(Insert sheepish, shy smile here.)  What can I say...I dream big and go all in.  I'd be a terrible poker player.

So more to come on this.  (More to come on another project, too.  Can't share until after Christmas.)  But who knows.  I just may become a quilter.  Or at the very least know how to hem a pair of pants or sew on a button.

And I love how lives mesh in the same sort of quilting way.  A dear friend and her Mod city-girl-prints and my cottage-chic florals and paisleys combine for a time of cozy comforts tonight.  Stitched in beside a band that is both quiet and loud, playing Christmas music at it's finest. 

Florals, polka dots, stripes, herringbone.  Hodge-podged and different.  Scraps of this and leftovers of that.  All coming together to shape an object of warmth and love.  It's rather glorious.  And maybe even a faint glimpse of Heaven.


  1. i heart you. for reals. and i think we're gonna love sewing ;).

  2. you are gonna love sewing! there is something so very relaxing and rewarding about it. i don't know if you have an inspirational picture, but soule mama has a beginner style that looks easy
    and you could do different size blocks in the strips for more variety.
    can't wait to see what you come up with!

  3. thanks for the tip, sara! i loved the soule mama quilt!