Wednesday, January 13, 2010

3460, Part 2

I know this is going to sound a lot like an acceptance speech for the Academy Awards or something. And trust me: I do realize that neither 3460 nor I are up for any kind of award. However, I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention some things I'm thankful for after spending so many hours with 3460.

First of all, I want to thank God. And I don't say that to sound facetious or joking. I thank Him on a daily basis. For many things. And I surely thank Him for giving me the desire to make things with my hands. Quilting is my therapy in the midst of a busy life.

(And speaking of thanking God and acceptance speeches, a couple of years ago Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made this suggestion to musicians who won an award and made an acceptance speech: if you don't think you can sing your song in church without feeling uncomfortable, because of language, etc., then don't thank God when you get up there to accept your award. Bravo to them for saying that.)

I would like to thank my "writers," i.e., Pam Bono Designs, for coming up with this amazing quilt pattern. Although I have taken to calling it 3460, it actually has a much better name, "A New Beginning." I can't even imagine all the work that went into designing this pattern, so I won't even try.

(This is the version with a black background. The main blocks are the same, but the center panel and outside border is much different. I like it a lot. Maybe someday I'll tackle making 3460 again, in this version. On second thought, do you see all the flowers in the border? They look like they have a lot of pieces, like a lot more than the ribbon border in 3460. So maybe not...)

I would like to thank Mark for his constant support and encouragement. He has followed me through many different creative phases, without once ever complaining about the time or money ivolved. (And now he even does most of the cooking too, which gives me more time and energy to keep sewing.)

Finally, I would like to thank 3M for inventing Post-It notes. When you have pages of cutting notes and parts of blocks that are identified by capital letters, numbers and small letters (i.e., "Cut thirteen 1 1/4" squares--A4a, A6a, A7a, B4a, B6a, B7a, C5a, C8a, C10a, D10a, D5a, D8a"), well, you get the picture, right?

Without Post-It notes, this quilt could not have been made. Seriously.

3 comments:

  1. Oh, man.... what an undertaking that must've been! Did you count your hours, too?

    I LOVE that quote! Right on!!

    If I had a cooking husband.... *sigh*

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  2. I would like Praise Jesus for post-it notes. They do my anal retentive heart good.

    Also, LOVE the quote from Will and Jada. It made me laugh and it sounds spot on.

    (speaking of which...my word verification? prickk. Won't be using that in church. Heh.)

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  3. the truth is all of those little scraps were not filling me up.

    The real truth is I love to cook, my mother was not always healthy growing up so she sat in the chair and told/taught me how to cook. The best part was that she taught me never to follow a recipe exactly always find a way to add or change it to make it a little better.

    I love to cook, Cindy loves to quilt. It works for us.

    Mark

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