4 April 2010
Some creative friends got married this weekend. After many years already shared together they decided to formally commit to spending many more, and to share the celebration with their friends and family. I felt that something from the department store registry was too bland and anonymous, so decided a while ago to give them something handmade.
It took me a good while to get started, so time became a bit of a design and method constraint when I did get going. Thankfully, when the imminent deadline finally kicked me out of vaguely-thinking-about-it-procrastination-mode, and into better-put-my-head-down-and-get-on-with-it-mode, it did proved to be not only quick, but completely absorbing and compelling, and an incredibly satisfying project to undertake.
It was something I hadn’t tried before, made without too much deliberation, made with an overall design intention but without rigid expectations, experimenting, exploring the method and process, working with many scraps and special treasures from the stash, observing the overall effect rather than dwelling on small imperfections.
I referred in particular to this tied quilt tutorial and was inspired by this , that, and Denise Schmidt's work, and encouraged by talented friends.
It was made over 4 nights, a total of about 14 hours work, which was a relief given that was all the time I had, and also a nice reminder of what you can do if you can make yourself focus on the doing, rather than thinking about the doing, from time to time.
It’s hard to describe how much I love the result. It was hard to give it away, but I’m sure it will be appreciated and enjoyed, and if I had kept it then I wouldn't have such a convenient excuse to make another one....