The quilt top for my Aunt Ethel got layered and safety pin basted last week, a major accomplishment. Crawling around on a hardwood floor is not my idea of a good time but taping the backing down taut ensures a smooth and pucker free quilt sandwich. Machine quilting something this large on a regular sewing machine is a little bit like wrestling an alligator but it builds character. This design is a simple tiling pattern that my friend Cindy found at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and I used floral fabrics from my collection. This is not an art quilt which is what I prefer, but my aunt does not want an art quilt - she likes flowers and wants something pretty for her bed. One thing you always need to keep in mind when you are creating something is who is this for? When I am doing something for someone else my intent is always to visualize and bring to life what it is that they may not quite be able to express. Currently my focus is to create what is inside of me and express myself fully and move away from being other directed. I still have a need to do things for others and this does not at all detract from my own creative expression but rather enhances it.
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