Gary’s Quilt, Harvard T-Shirt on the Back

2nd gary's quilt

Some ideas are in the air for the plucking.  Sometimes it really works to “sleep on it”.  However it happened, when I went into my studio this morning I thought to put  the Harvard University  t-shirt on the back of the quilt.

I’ve done this before, once with a pocket from an apron and a couple of times with the few small scraps left from quilts I made from other people’s clothes.  Why I didn’t think of it until today, I can’t say.  Except that when I opened my email and read the comments on my blog, at least three other people had the same idea.   Who knows how these things work.

But I have learned to trust the process.  This quilt didn’t come easy, and there were many times when I had to remind myself to trust that it would all come together.  The answers always came when I stepped away from it for a while.  That’s what I did when I got stuck.  I went outside to feed the donkeys, water the garden, or pick up the dog poop in the back yard.  And when I came back, I could see what I wanted to do next.   Sometimes it was sewing tiny scraps together, sometimes it was big blocks of color.

Now that it’s done, I like looking at it.  Always a sign of success for me.  And now I’m eager to start working on the back.

8 thoughts on “Gary’s Quilt, Harvard T-Shirt on the Back

  1. Hi Maria,
    Love the colors & composition on this one…good work!
    I was reading Jon’s posts earlier and enjoyed the picture of you, Fate, the sheep, Chloe and one of the donkeys. Looking at the group thinking, “this gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘dog and pony show’…as I read Jon’s and your blogs each day, that’s just what I get…a great show! Better than anything on TV, for sure..Thanks for sharing your lives with us,

  2. Maria, the quilt is well-balanced visually, the white strips spaced nicely, I’d say it’s all come together nicely. I leave what I’m doing as well, on my design table (my dining room table…which if I ever get enough space, that’s one thing I’d like to have but for now, the dining room table serves this purpose). When you walk away and come back you see things with a fresh eye. Nicely done.
    SandyP in S.Ont.Can.

    1. Sandy, Imagine how many dining room tables are used to sew on. I can still hear the sound my mother’s shears made on the dining room table when she was cutting fabric. It was such a satisfying sound.

  3. Many years ago I was part of the AIDS quilt as a coordinator. The quilt you are working on reminds me of some of those. Simple was always better although the busy ones had the love also. They spoke to the person just as this one does. They were difficult to do also. You were right to wait for the moment.

    Yours and Jon’s blogs make my day.

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