Almost from the first moment I started quilting, I realized it was good for my soul. I love that it makes me smile and I really love it when I see some fabric or a quilt and I catch my breath or laugh out loud. That’s what quilting is all about for me – making me happy.
I’m sure you have seen those little animal soap holders. Where its mouth is wide open to hold soap or a little scrubbie? When my daughter painted a frog and gave it to me as a gift, I knew I had to make a quilt. What can be happier than 4 happy frogs? And seriously, LOVE the striped binding.
Rolling along with the Happy 4′s, I designed this quilt for Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall ’12. I was like a kid in a candy store while designing this quilt – it was ridiculously fun figuring out what do with all those ears.
And speaking of ears, this little quilt is one of my all-time favorites. I first fell in love with the fabrics, and knew I wanted to applique something wooly in the center. Then I found that awesome pink check at a quilt show – had to buy a yard of course – just to make sure I had enough – and the idea of a pink bunny was born. I love, love love her. She makes me happy!
When I saw this Christmas line Candy Cane Angels by Lynette Anderson, I knew I had to design something with that fabric. (I have 6, yes 6 ongoing projects projects designed by Lynette going on right now. Yes, seriously, I do. She’s kind of my hero.) Of course it had to have wool applique, and I love the little bitty blocks in the border. I made this quilt for my best friend, so I thought of her the whole time I was making it. Making a quilt for someone you love is about the best thing in the world, I think. And it made her very happy. (Me too!) You’ll find it in QM’s Nov/Dec ’13 issue.
When I was very young my grandma and my mom taught me how to embroider. I’m pretty sure they did it in hopes that I would sit still for 5 minutes. I didn’t learn to sit still, but I was intrigued enough to play around with it. Once I learned that you can embroider on more than just dish towels (remember those happy kitties-of-the-day, or the dancing frying pan and salt and pepper shakers?) I was off and running.
Stitching absolutely feeds my soul and makes me happy. This little quilt just sings to me. I designed it as a free block-of-the-month on my old blog, and I must have stitched it in 6 different colorways. I love, love love it. Adding embroidery to quilts is like adding frosting to a cupcake.
And adding wool applique to a quilt? It’s the cherry on top of the frosting on top of the cupcake.
I love that quilting can be so many things to so many people. It’s creative, soothing, adventurous, fun, bonding, inspiring and fulfilling. It touches our hearts and feeds our soul. And, yes, it makes us happy!
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