…when i finish a quilt, and people comment on it, they always ask me “how long did this take” and i don’t have an answer for them…for many reasons… one reason is that i don’t keep track of my time and another reason is that i have several projects going at once, i follow my mood and pick up something that feels right at the time…sometimes knitting and sometimes stitching… sometimes piecing or cutting or embellishing…. little stuff or big stuff… something that requires intense concentration or something i can watch t.v. and work on….so today, i pulled out some of the stuff i have been working on lately… and i think that i need to do something about my “projects in motion” because turns out… there are quite a few!!!!!
Playing with blue and white denim and embroidery…..
playing with embellishing before piecing….
a strip quilt with traditional quilt block patterns
grandmother’s flow garden which i have been working on FOR—–EVER!!!
a hat, a bathmat, a bag, a blanket and a sock
fish, birds, goddesses and dresden plates….
Whew…. and that’s not all…but that is the main stuff… my goal isn’t to get it all done…. rather just to keep right on going… playing with it, enjoying it and finishing stuff as it gets done. Most people say, while watching me stitch… “oh, I don’t have the patience for that…” or “you are so patient to be able to do that” and that is so not true…. those of you who do this stuff know that it’s PASSION not PATIENCE….no amount of patience would allow me to do this stuff if i didn’t love it so much. It’s in my blood… i guess i have my mom and my grandmother and her mom to thank for that.
Listen deeply for what
your soul already knows,
weave your overflowing
love for the earth
into your daily life.
—excerpt Patricia Dines 2007