Inspiration: Write a Message
Say you want to make a quilt for a very special someone, a friend, or a family member. One way to get started is to sit down and write that person a message. You don’t have to send it, this can just be a way for you to get ideas.
Why does this person mean so much to you? Try to think of concrete examples. Write from your heart. Don’t worry if it’s maudlin or overly sentimental. Remember, no one ever has to see this.
It doesn’t matter how much you write. It could be a quick note or pages and pages. Later, you can work to condense your thoughts down to a few sentences.
Jill’s Coffee Quilt:
You are a fabulous friend. Come over for a cup of coffee anytime.
Coffee was always an important part of my visits to see Jill and her family. The two of us would sit on the sofas in the morning and gab away while the house was still quiet. We’d have one cup each and then Jill would be off and running – she has about three times the energy I do. I’d have to have at least one more cup before I could even think of beginning my day.
When it came time to make this quilt, I left off the salutation and the signature. I wanted Jill to have a quilt to display that would have meaning for all her guests, not just be something for the two of us. But it does have meaning and it does bring up fond memories.
Keep in mind that you aren’t limited to the words that you piece – you can add additional words and sentences in your quilting, either by machine or by hand.
In tv news, we've started rewatching season one of Chef, a classic british comedy about a loud, obnoxious (but very funny) chef. Reminds me of Tony Bourdain, whom I adore.