Patchwork Quilt In-Progress
There is something so satisfying about quilt work. It's like making a pie complete with homemade crust and homegrown fruit or handpicked fruit carefully plucked and piled into that pretty straw basket, piece by piece. It's slow design. (You might remember this post I wrote about slow design, it changed my studio thinking.) It's the heirloom. It's the knowledge that there is absolutely a quicker way to achieve a finished product but that you have chosen the slower handmade route instead.
I started this crib quilt for my son just before he was born. I put it aside for those all-consuming newborn months and for the smaller projects that could be finished in just a few hours. But the pace of the quilt is something unique and I've just started working on it again. Slowly. I'm working slowly block by block and stitch by stitch. Now, the top is stitched and all three layers are stitched together--quilt top, flannel lining, cotton backing--and I'm working on the finishing binding. (I found this great tutorial on making binding, FYI.)
So what is it about slow-making? About homemade pie crusts and handmade quilts? I think it's about reaching back to honor the techniques of our grandparents and our great-grandparents. But not just reaching back but simultaneously reaching forward. At best, a way of honoring the traditional while making it modern. Honoring the slow-making. Using our hands to make the object and to have the satisfaction that we took the various elements and made the whole. That we chose the long route.
By hand. That we chose the long route and made the whole by hand. Yes, I think that is the point.