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emilylala
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2009 06:04:45 PM »

this is AMAZING. you should be so proud.
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« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2009 09:44:57 AM »

this is gorgeous, and inspires me to make one, too!  One of these days...I also love your explanation.   Smiley
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cgaker
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2009 02:04:21 PM »

This is GORGEOUS.

And yes, I totally get what you're saying. I think you've put it into words so well.

For me, it's also about learning something and doing something that most people don't do anymore, things my grandmother did. I feel in some weird small way like I'm keeping some traditions alive by learning how to do them, like quilting, crocheting, even canning and preserves.

I would hope NO ONE would ever suggest this is a waste of time... compared to what? Another hour of sitcom tv, lol? Most people, when they see something I've made, say the opposite: wow, I wish I was as productive in my spare time! People who don't craft, sew, etc. seem to be enchanted by even small projects.

I think this all taps into something deeper too, some need for things that are real, authentic and meaningful. There is a special kind of feeling in knowing that you, or your child, or a loved one, is sleeping under a blanket that you made, especially if you made it with all handstitching :lol: I think for many crafters, we see this endless array of "sameness" at the stores and malls and we itch to make something real and new for our own little world.

Now I'm rambling, lol...

Anyway, this quilt has inspired me! Beautiful!
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SimplySandy
« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2009 05:57:46 AM »

Now that you've finished this beautiful baby quilt, you've proven you're "adult enough" to think about filling it up.  I so appreciate all the time and thought that went into creating this wonderful quilt.  Your story explained a lot of the reasons I like to create things.  I am honored when someone can appreciate all the time and creativity that goes into one of my finished projects.  It's like they "get" me.  Thanks for sharing.
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Bearpaw
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2009 07:57:38 AM »

Your post nearly had me in tears! I think maybe you are happy when you are quilting because you are creating something, maybe your body wants you to create a child, but will let you be as long as you are 'creating'. I hope that's not too personal!
I love your beautiful hand quilting, so many quilts these days are machine quilted, it's so nice to see the real thing. I love hand quilting and finished my own Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt earlier this year after about 7 years of picking it up and putting it down. It is on my bed now and gives me such pleasure everday. If you'd like to take a look go to my blog and click on the Flickr badge and look in my 'quilt' group! Sorry that so convoluted but I'm new to Crafster and don't have many photos on here yet!
http://bearpawandbearpaw.blogspot.com/
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KristyG5
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2009 07:30:21 PM »

Oh, it's lovely! And I especially like the story that goes along with it. How fun that will be to tell your future offspring Smiley
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Hotsaucencake
« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2009 10:36:00 AM »

That is a beautiful quilt! I'm going to try hand-quilting soon, but I don't think I have the patience to do a full-size quilt.
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justforme
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2009 12:31:58 PM »

Absolutely beautiful, and the hand stitching is fantastic.
So much more satisfying.
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