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November 19, 2010

HAND MADE - Photo Challenge

It is an amazing feeling when you finish. All those hours hand-piecing and hand-quilting and you can finally step back and enjoy it on the wall, or on the bed. 
But. . .
you are extremely careful in the beginning. Are your hands shiny clean? Please don't sit ON it. Roll it down very carefully and please don't ever let it touch the floor.




But then life happens, you lighten up and forget about the many hours it took to make and now you just want to enjoy it in each way possible. 


It gets pulled off the wall when there are no more extra blankets for those college-aged quests. It gets wrapped around a body as they run out in the brisk cold to get something out of the car (and I know it got dragged in the snow!) It has even cuddled up kids while they were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while watching a movie. And most recently has been a cozy abode for one of our resident felines.


It's not that I forget how long I worked on it, it just gets put into perspective. It's sort of like labor, when one swears they will never go through that again but within a short amount of time there's talk of more babies.

This quilt holds a special place in my heart because it was the last quilt I worked on with a very special quilt teacher and friend who lost her battle with cancer. 

So there's even more reason to live with this quilt, to touch ituse it, enjoy it and cherish the memories of the hard work along with the multitude of joys.


This week's photo challenge is *HAND MADE* hosted by RAZMATAZ.  
Go take a peek at other hand made photos!


                                   happy day!



9 comments:

oldgreymare said...

They are meant to be loved, and hopefully the stitches hold tight through the wash. I hold my breath each time I pull one of mine out. Whew! It made it!

Zuzana said...

What a touching story. So much love, affection, hard work and memories that are locked into this beautiful quilt. I am glad that so many get to appreciate and enjoy it as it was meant to be.
xo

retha said...

I like the last photo.
It is so that some people put things away that are special to them, but to have such infront of your eye and feel it on your skin at times makes memories stay alive more clear.

T's Daily Treasures said...

This is a beautiful post and oh so true. When we take the time to hand make something, it should be enjoyed, not hidden away. I am reading Tuesdays with Morrie right now and it is all about how relationships are far more important than material things. A lesson many should learn. Best wishes, Tammy

The Boston Lady said...

So beautiful and now it is appreciated on many levels. I admire the patience of quilters and their long hard work pays off with great beauty and provides great comfort - to the eye and to the body. Felines included. Ann

Sparklee said...

Wow--that is gorgeous! I love the kitty cat picture!

Suzanna said...

What a beautiful quilt...and the words...

Lili said...

Although I have never worked on any one thing quite as long as it would take to finish a quilt, I can somehow relate to this. Perhaps in the form of a family heirloom that I find the most precious ones have the attributes of being a little thread bare and well worn in places that show they were lovingly used. Nice post! ~Lili

Razmataz said...

It is do lovely. And definitely gets better with age and use.