When the "Magic" happens
Am I the only one?
I love making quilts. There is something so completely satisfying in it that it is impossible to describe to a nonquilter.
I was working on quilting the other day- the first one for the fall - when I had that feeling —not of excitement to be able to quilt - but of making the quilt itself! I was so happy to put those layers together and start to quilt.
It isn’t actually the quilting that I love—it is having a finished quilt that is so satisfying for me.
Well, actually there are two points at which I feel the greatest personal satisfaction.
The first is when I put the blocks in position and the pattern forms - especially if it is something that forms a chain or a special effect once two or more blocks are put together.
The second is when I am quilting it and the “combination of three layers” begins to feel like a quilt!
I can’t truthfully say that the QUILTING is what I love because I really don’t. To me, that is a necessary part of the process - in order to get to that finished product. I used to be happy just making the tops as piecing is what I enjoy THE MOST. But, as I’ve done more and more and finished more and more quilts, I’ve come to love the idea and feel of the quilt itself.
Maybe some day I will actually fall in love with the process of sewing the layers together. For now, while I’m enjoying it more than I used to - I’m not there yet.
Forgive me, please, all you long armers who make your living by doing it! But it’s good that we are all different, right? The world would be a boring place if we all loved the same thing.
But I do get excited when the “thing” begins to feel like a quilt in my hands. I am not sure why - but it happens. The “magic” - the transformation of a top, batting and backing into a useful and pretty article of comfort!
That makes me happy! Maybe I’m just weird.
What about you?
Is there “magic” that happens as you work on a quilt? (Not real magic, of course!)
If so, where do you feel the greatest sense of excitement or satisfaction?
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