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Living with Quilts & Making Things

Is there anything cuter than looking at pictures of babies on quilts?  Well, maybe babies in bluebonnet fields if you’re from Texas 😉

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

I made this tumbling block quilt about 2 years ago as a class sample & like so many of my quilts, it ended up in a heaped pile.

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

We recently discovered however it fits perfectly in Teapot’s new play space in our living room.

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Aside from the joy I get from choosing fabrics, trying new techniques & creating custom quilting designs, I love the warm fuzzies I get when we use my quilts around our home.  It’s more than a sense of accomplishment, it’s the satisfaction that only comes from creating.

Babies on Quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

When I create something from raw materials that we’ll use, so many things are happening, but most important to me at this time is that we’re teaching Teapot she doesn’t have to be a consumer of finished goods.

Think about that for a second.  Take a second to think about what it means to be creator of good rather than a consumer of goods.

Making things requires us to slow down & think about the process.  The time & resources make us decide if this is a need or a want.  It requires us to gather materials and make a plan.   It requires us to adjust when plans change or hiccups arise.

It requires us to think.

When we make quilts to live with, we’re reminding ourselves of what we’re capable of.  So yes, you should feel pride when you see that quilt you said more than a few curse words over but persevered & completed!  You struggled through that quilt & made it happen! Now go do it again!  Go make another quilt (or something else like clay bowls, or go grow some food), only this time make it more challenging- this is the best medicine for your brain!

Cats Meow Quilt Class

Yesterday afternoon I taught the Cats Meow Quilt at A Quilting Place/Stashbusters.  Here’s the quilt:

We had a great time learning Marci Baker’s strip piecing technique to make the tumbling blocks.

Here are some pictures of the class:

Judy working on cutting her strips
Shirley is creating her tumbling blocks
And Shirley stayed later to assemble her tumbling blocks- they look great!  I love the fabrics she chose!
I love this technique & love teaching it even more.  My favorite part is when we layout the blocks & people see the 3-D effect for the first time!
Next month we’ll be taking this technique one step further & will make a floating tumbling block quilt!  Those details will be out shortly!