07 August, 2010

Subtle Shifts

Slowly, purposefully, I move one block here and one block there. It's going to take time, maybe days or weeks, before it's just right. Here, on the wall, it will stay until my mind and heart are happy with the layout. Then, and only then, will it make it's way to the machine for assembly. I've already decided that the super dark (there are three) nine-patches on the outside edges are being replaced with higher contrast blocks. This might just be my favorite part of the process; the deliberation that results in subtle shifts of color and value, this part can't be rushed.

Life is Good!

Be Happy Tip # 6:
Get creative - Creativity is a great way to find happiness. Think of creative things people do for a living or as hobby and notice how much happiness it gives them. Paint, quilt, dance, sculpt, do some craft, invent a gadget, cook something new, write poetry or tend the garden. Tap into your creative abilities and find your "happy spot".


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16 comments:

quiltkeemosabe said...

You forgot to put smock on that list of possible creative outlets!!!

Pat said...

Oh Mrs. G! This quilt takes my breath away. Those colors would make me joyful just sitting up the on the design wall even if it never got sewn together. What is the pattern you used?

BTW, I'm planning a trip to Babies R Us to get severl packs of those diapers. Sooo excited to try the burpers.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Oh, MY! What a gem!

scraphappy said...

Amazing. You are so right that this is the part not to be rushed. What a joy to have the blocks up to enjoy.

Barb said...

GORGEOUS and yes the word needs BIG letters, it is just breath taking! I love seeing it on your design wall, it gives pleasure in the thinking and pondering stage too! Love the "tip" for today...I need to go be creative and keep my mind more relaxed! Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda in MI said...

Delicious!

I am enjoying your "be happy" tips.

What did you cover your design wall with? I like the neutral look.

quiltteacher said...

Love the font. What site did you get it from?

Pam said...

That is a great idea - to leave it up for a few days/weeks and then just move things about as you wander past it. I bet you could actually do that for months!! LOL

It looks lovely!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I forgot to say -- you ARE making this for me, aren't you?

StitchinByTheLake said...

The process is so important - the tweaking my friend calls it. I do it with quilts and I do it when I rearrange a room in my home. I stand back from it and soak it in, waiting until it says it's ready. :) blessings, marlene

OhQuilter said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Quilting4U said...

WOW! That is stunning! What a great job!

*karendianne. said...

scrumptious! Ohh yesss. (be happy - read good poetry outloud to hear it)

Carrie P. said...

Love it.

julieQ said...

Oh so pretty! I like the way you teamed nine patches with the basketry...lovely!

MARCIE said...

This is a quilt I have had on my to do list for years! I love everything about it! Way to go Debbie!