As I completed the last stitch and clipped the threads on this quilt last night, I was reminded of why I love quilting like I do. This project allowed me to pull all the red, white and blue fabric that I wanted without concern that they would clash. I cut strips (and strips and strips) willy, nilly. I didn't have to press or use a ruler for that step. I sewed these without design plan or deep concentration -- I call that mindless sewing and it is the best kind when sewing while doing something else at the same time. Like talking with friends. Or when I just have a few minutes to sit down at a sewing machine. A mindless sewing project means that I, in fact, get to sew and don't have to focus on complicated construction techniques. I made these blocks over the course of several weeks. I basted it and quilted simple straight lines on Tuesday and finished hand stitching the binding, as I said, last night. Even though I've made many, many quilts, I still love the satisfaction I get from creating something beautiful and useful. I laid this one out on the living room floor and admired it. I admired it until I scooped it up, grabbed my camera and dashed outside in between rain showers. As I type I can hear the swish, swish, swish of the washing machine as it does it's magic on this brand new quilt so that I can snuggle under it later today.
I heart making quilts.