Sunday, November 20, 2005

Fast food, slow quilts

Have you ever heard of the Slow Food movement? You can read more about it here, but basicaly it's a movement to appreciate the process of growing, making and eating food. It's about taking the time to enjoy food, especially with friends.

Well, I adore food -- fast or slow. But I've been thinking about the concept of "slow food" as I've been working on my dotty circles quilt. You all know that my usual and favorite method of quilting is what I call "slapdash." That's when I get to work on something that is pure fun and fast sewing--no careful measuring, just quick and creative assembly.

Well, I don't know why, but lately I've been unusually contented to just sew, calmly and slowly and without rushing to finish. I had fun sewing the arcs on my dotty circles -- still no big thought required, except to alternate a light fabric with a dark fabric -- but I just worked along, having a good time making arcs. Anyway, yesterday, I spent a happy few hours assembling blocks, and now here's where I am:



I've decided that this needs a pieced border, which I'm working on happily at the moment. With all the polka dots and circles, I decided it needed something zig-zaggy. Stay tuned.

I decided a while ago that I wanted to make some sort of Christmasy quilt to throw over the couch for the holidays. At PIQF in early October, I looked at every piece of Christmas fabric I could find...and I didn't like any of them. I didn't want any cute Christmas scene, or gold-embossed stuff, or goofy looking snowmen and Santas. But I had a stroke of inspiration and decided to do something funky with red and green geometrics. Today, I pulled my assortment out, and got them all washed and folded. Here they are, ready for cutting when I figure out what I'm going to do:



See that one in the top row, second from the left? A white background with red and green and yellow funky square shapes? I LOVE that one and bought a huge hunk. It's my inspiration fabric. La di da. (Or should I say "fa la la"?)

10 comments :

  1. I love your polka dot circles. I have pretty sizeable collction of polka dot fabric also. Something about it is just so appealing.

    Looking forward to seeing how you border this.

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  2. Wow! This has so much impact! What a mood lifter....good work, Diane

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  3. Diane, I love your polka dotty quilt!

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  4. That looks great! I really love hand quilting, I hate the piecing but I enjoy the slow process of quilting and how it forces you to focus. I read somewhere that mediation add to your life, and I think focusing on projects like this is close to that.

    You are amazing!

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  5. Loving the circles and I'm so eager to see how the holiday quilt turns out.

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  6. Those Christmas fabrics are pretty fun!

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  7. Well, I must join the ranks of those who love these polka dot circles. I am inclined to make one for myself, fused of course. I need to take it a step or two away and of course my dots will be fewer since I must cut them myself.
    I need a jumping off point for the mountains of quilts I need to be making this winter. A personal challenge such as this might just do the trick.

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  8. I'm loving the polka dots!

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  9. Cheerful, festive for any time of year, and what could be more fun than dots! Can't wait to see what you do with this fun fabric.

    Love the circles quilt, and I agree, it is relaxing and rewarding not to rush through a project. Jen

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