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Thread: A Quilt Story

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    Hi quilting friends,
    Somewhere on one of these topics someone was asking if it was better to make perfect quilts or just make them for practicality. It just so happens, I was looking through my stash one day and here is what came from that. I am not a perfect poet so excuse the lines if they aren’t exactly in sync. Will enclose a picture of the quilt that inspired the poem. I wanted to practice my machine quilting so just used it to experiment on, too. When I was finished, I threw it in the washing machine to get some of the stiffness out of it. Now it will be a nice enough quilt for any small child.

    A QUILT STORY
    By Sandy M.

    As I looked through some fabric scraps
    A friend had passed to me,
    I found a stack of quilt blocks
    As lonely as could be.

    Their edges were not even
    And their sizes did not match.
    So she had tossed them in the box
    To add them to my stash.

    I looked at them a minute
    And then I thought, “Why not?”
    It wouldn’t take me very long
    To sew them into blocks.

    So I began to measure them
    And found that nothing matched
    But even so thought, “What the heck!”
    As my sewing plans unhatched.

    Often the points might overlap
    But I did not get mad,
    For as it came together,
    It didn’t look so bad.

    And just a couple hours
    Was all it really took
    And so I laid it on the bed
    To see how it would look.

    Amazed, I looked and smiled
    And much to my surprise
    It really looked quite lovely
    To my wide-open eyes.

    Then a thought popped in my head
    How much like it we are,
    With cut off points and crooked seams,
    From perfect we’re so far.

    Yet each of us is quite unique
    And if we’re really truthful,
    If one does not look really close.
    We’re all warm, cuddly and useful.

    Orphan Blocks quilt.
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    What a nice poem...isn't God good, your quilt is pretty good lookin too. molly

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    Very nice, God is good

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    What a wonderful poem and a wonderful quilt. I love the way you think. :thumbup:

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    Love the Quilt and Love the poem. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. This is the perfect way to end my day.

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    I like the poem very much and the quilt does look nice! :)

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    That turned out very nice and so is your poem. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you for sharing the lovely poem, and the quilt that inspired it. You're very talented.

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    Pretty quilt, inspired poem. I admire anyone who can build something from nothing and have it come out beautiful and unique. My hat's off to you.

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    Great job dear friend! Bright, fun colors and it looks great. How did you like doing the machine quilting? You did well with the poem too. So talented. It's great that you shared that with everyone.

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    like your quilt! Nice poem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannya54
    How did you like doing the machine quilting?
    It was my first try at FMQ and the first thing I discovered was that my arms got really tired fast. I only tried making swirls and circles. I was amazed at how much thread it took, also. After it was finished, I did not like the quilting done so close as it made it too stiff for my liking. But I used a cotton batting and I didn't want it all bunching up. If I try another, I want to leave more room between stitching lines and will use W&N instead. Plus I want to learn how to make feathers and some other designs. Just have to find time. I love sharing things on here but there are others who are so much more talented than I. What a wonderful group.

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    How true your words are! I think you are doubly gifted!

    The quilt is great. Is there any way you can have your poem printed on nice paper or fabric and display it with your quilt? Keeping them together just seems right.

    Darren

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    thats what quilting is all about always a warm welcome for the stray blocks+people---please get a special journal and keep it for your poems that one is great

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    The quilt looks good.. and so does the poem :)

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    I love the quilt and the poem behind it :D:D:D

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    wonderful, wonderful, encore,encore. Both your poem and your quilt are wonderful, I hope you put your lovely poem on the back of your quilt.

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    I bow to you for you are very talented. I think the quilt is beautiful and the poem was fantastic. I may have to print the poem if you don't mind and hang it in my sewing area.

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    Bravo! Actually using your stash! Now that's something I'll have to check with first...

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    Beautiful story and quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    I like the poem very much and the quilt does look nice! :)
    ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I bow to you for you are very talented. I think the quilt is beautiful and the poem was fantastic. I may have to print the poem if you don't mind and hang it in my sewing area.
    Any of you are welcome to use the poem...Sharing is what makes the world a better place. I have certainly learned many things from all of you so I am glad to share. :-)

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    Lovely!

    What a coincidence, too. I just posted this:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-59335-1.htm

    a few hours before you posted yours! Great minds think alike,huh? I don't know what moved me to write that, it kind of just happened, LOL!

    Maybe we could get a thread going with quilting poems? We could print them all off and have a nice little inspirational "book"!

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    OMG, your quilt is BEAUTIFUL!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Like the poem too!

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    both brill!

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