OK--despite the title, this post is not about me grumbling about how long the quilt "endless fields" is taking though it seems like forever. Just read through to the end--there is a point but first I must prove there is progress though not nearly enough:
I've figured out I can make ten blocks each day. No more and I'm too tired. No less and I won't get it done. You may think that's a lot--but considering I'm working 9-5 every day that's just a bit more than a block an hour. So so slow.
Now why you may ask. Well each block contains not one but two color ways which I have to create by cutting and piecing maybe 15-20 fabrics together. The blocks go from light until dark and each one is a different size. And each color is a slightly different palette--let's make life as interesting as possible.Why did I do this to myself anyway?
Here is just one block--and it's a little one.
Can you figure out where this piece goes in the quilt-- hint, it is already there.
Did you find it? OK--so as you've probably figured out, I love what I am doing. I wouldn't be doing it otherwise. Trust me--there's lots of easier ways to support myself. But I do love it and I love getting lost in each quilt.
Guess what, I just found there is a new movement that honors this type of work. Can you believe it? It's called "slow cloth" --see there was a point to the title of this post--like slow food but it's about people who work with fabric. I first heard about it through this article on the web http://handeyemagazine.com/content/slow-cloth. Of course I joined their FB fanpage http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=269539431110 right away. It feels like home.
There are 10 principles--it was hard to decide my favorites but here are a couple. Do read through and tell me what you think. They are from The Ten Qualities of Slow Cloth. Which one is your favorite?
This is copyright by Elaine Lipson, 2008, 2009, 2010 and used with her permission Check out her link http://lainie.typepad.com for all ten.
Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
And while you are at it feel free to check out my website too: http://www.annbrauer.com