#SOL20: Gifting

My purchase made, I was ready to exit the store. I sat on the bench at the front of the store and reflected on my purchases of yardage and fat quarters.

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. I studied the wall hanging with 35 different pumpkins. And then I spotted this piece.

After six months of sewing, this piece is my sister. Green is her favorite and is seen in the color of her house. But the fall colors ARE my sister’s frequent choices.

The next fabric that caught my eye was this panel of pumpkins. The pattern matched in basic colors and themes.

With a possible front and back for a project, I was ready to commit to a hand-crafted gift. I had an idea about a possible fabric already in my stash but I did need one more piece. A quick survey of the store turned up this interesting stripe.

This rich stripe was the ultimate coup d’grace. And like that I was back in the checkout lane for a second purchase.

Process:  A second look, a “re-read” of the initial fabric display.                                               A purpose.                                                                                                                       A targeted audience.                                                                                                     A generated idea.                                                                                                           Background knowledge.                                                                                               Clear intentions/expectations.                                                                                     Time.

Just a few of the precursors of a craft endeavor.  Similar to the writing process. Also existing in many creative processes.                 

And last night I gifted my sister with this completed quilted table runner. You may note that the gold was not in my purchase as it was an earlier find for other similar projects.

And the reversible back side looks like this.

 

The design and construction went fairly quickly as I have completed over a dozen table runners.

The gift was completed three days early. On her birthday this Thursday, my sister and her daughter will celebrate. I appreciate that I could complete the construction of this gift on Sunday and Monday. In advance. And in a timely manner.

What processes do you honor? 

When do you attempt idea generation? 

How do you continue to learn? 

How do you “name” your work?

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10 responses

  1. A lovely gift for sure. Birthday wishes to your sister and niece in advance!

    1. Thank you. So much joy in creation

  2. It is amazing how the process in so many creative endeavors is the same. You are getting quite good at quilting in this pandemic. Glad to hear it was for your sister! What is next?

    1. Process: critical!
      How often are students allowed choice?

      13 items done for Christmas. Maybe 40+ more. . . Some days a straight line is still a challenge!

  3. What a beautiful gift! Handmade gifts are always some of my favorite, and this one is particularly beautiful. Happy birthday to your sister!

    1. Thanks!
      Fun and joyful when the deadline seems far off@

  4. Love the fact that it is reversible. It is something that can be used for an entire season and not just one holiday. Sometimes a piece of fabric just catches your eye and you know you have to buy it and what it will be used for, Gee, I wonder how know that? Happy birthday to your sister.

    1. Some fabrics just CALL your name! YES!
      You have so much quilting knowledge. Lucky Kathy! Thanks!

  5. What a great project! I’ve been sewing again and have fallen in love with some of the fabric patterns and prints that are available. I hope your sister loved her table runner. I love the fabrics you chose for it. I honor the process for reading and understanding what I need to do before I do it – not at the same time – and apply this process to nearly everything I do.

    1. So true! The choices in fabric are unlimited! And the process is applicable for sommuch of life.

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