08 February, 2008

It's About Time!

We all know that in order for some of the finest wines, and antiques, to reach full value they need to spend the proper amount of time aging. I would suggest that the same is true for quilt projects. In June of 1998 my daughter graduated from college. I traveled from Auburn, Alabama to New England that summer and visited Rachel's Quilt Patch in Staunton, VA along the way. At that time Rachel Brown, the owner, had just introduced an applique project, in a block-of-the-month format to subscribers. Entitled "The Adoration", it featured precious figures and animals in a nativity-themed wallhanging. I happily signed up to receive the pattern and fabric kits by mail, at great expense; as I was still living in Switzerland at that time. But, I reasoned, it would be worth it. Well, I collected all the kits; in a basket. I moved, and took my collection of kits with me. I moved again; and again! Last year I happened to notice that Rachel Brown had published the patterns in book form, a very affordable option. Do I regret my "premature" purchases? "No", I rationalized, "I still have all the fabrics included with my patterns"! And, after all, my kits have now aged to perfection. I finished block #1(of 13) last week; it's about time, and timing is everything!

Life is Good!

11 comments:

Darlene said...

Life is good! Enjoy this new project - no matter how long it takes. :-)

Quilt Memories said...

I think that block would be absolutely georgeous hanging as a wall hanging in a baby's room. I can't think of any thing better than an angel watching over a little one. That is the most beautiful block I've seen in a long while.J

Quiltdivajulie said...

"To everything there is a season..."

If this first block is any indication of what's to come, this quilt will be WELL worth the wait.

What a fabulous angel!

lappquri said...

It was beautiful:-)
I love angels.

teodo said...

Well your project is good.
i love angels and this is very nice.
ciao ciao

Nane said...

Looks great...and since I got to see the entire pattern I know how great the entire setting will be. This may be one of the Christmas decorations that the new little one in the family will cherish looking at for years to come!

Libby said...

And you have the added bonus of being able to enjoy the basket of goodies over the years . . . there's a benefit in that I'm sure *s*

Shelina said...

It is a beautiful block - and I'm glad you made it. It looks great as is, and I'm sure even better with the rest of the blocks. Better late than never! I don't remember knowing that you lived in Switzerland.

meggie said...

That is a lovely Angel there! Everything has it's Season!

Marcie said...

I went to Rachel's last fall and saw her Adoration quilt. It is wonderful! Yours will be too! The angel is darling!

software teacher said...

I purchased the book when it came out. I just hope I can get to the project in as few years as you did! It's beautiful!!