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.