Friday, November 13, 2009
An Advent Quilt
Last winter, while my City Quilt was still just a twinkle in my eye, Vanessa and I went fabric shopping. I described what I was envisioning for my City Quilt project and she loved the idea. So much so that we began to talk about an urban advent calendar with a similar feel.
Then, when I was bit by the quilting bug in August, I emailed her, "are you serious? do you still want an advent calendar? it's now or never." And she said, "YES!"
So while I made each little building for my quilt, I made a double for hers. We were in constant communication about which buildings she wanted and what my progress was and how it was all going. And I loved that part.
See, I know myself enough to know that if I am going to abandon a project, it's going to be a project for me and it's going to be a project without a deadline. And the City Quilt was both of those things. Bringing Vanessa into the picture meant that it wasn't just for me. There was something in it (a quilt!) for her too. And she needed hers by advent. That gave me a deadline. As I would sew each morning I would get really excited about the pieces I was making and look forward to telling her all about them. I really liked the process of making the City Quilt, but part of what I liked so much about it was sharing it with someone that was pretty invested in the whole thing.
So, her version is a city scene at night, in the winter. There are fabric covered buttons with numbers embroidered on them that make their way to the top of the quilt. And there is a small bicycle with a loop that will hang from each number as it gets closer and closer to Christmas.
And there she is. Feel free to click on this picture if you want a closer look.
Merry Christmas, Vanessa!