Monday, January 27, 2014

fantastic mr. felix: a foxy finished quilt

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"Even though so much of modern life and theology insists that what matters is my mind, my soul, my inner self, my heart, there is still this nagging part of me that knows on some deep level that the things we see and touch and hear and taste are spiritual, too." 
--Shauna Niequist

I spend a long time picking out fabrics. The perfect shade of aqua, the happiest-looking foxes I can find. And perhaps it's because I expect so much of them. I expect these strips of cotton to communicate years of friendship. I expect them to sum up love and hope and joy. I expect them to act as a promise of support -- that if ever life is difficult, we are here to help, and if ever life gives cause to celebrate, we are here to join in the excitement.

It's a lot to ask.

But I hope that the new little life who'll be wrapped up in these bright triangles will feel some of that -- the emotion wound up in woolly batting -- seeping out through the stitches.

13 comments:

Julie Morin said...

This quilt is beautiful! Simple, but beautiful!

Rachel said...

What a fun quilt and beautiful photos!

Em said...

Love this quilt! Your binding is so neat. What width do you cut your strips? What seam allowance do you use?

Jade Prosser said...

Beautifully and eloquently written. :)

Jade Prosser said...

And a gorgeous quilt too!

Terri said...

Love your writing, love the quilt and love you! thank you for making this for us and thank you for being such a great friend! I can't wait to wrap our little man up in it!!

Arlene said...

Astrid, the quilt is beautiful and I know Felix will love it and feel the love that was poured into it. More than the quilt what you wrote brought tears to my eyes, everyone needs the kind of friendship you both have. Thank you

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Julie! I love the way the triangle layout makes simple more interesting!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Rachel! I hope little Felix loves it.

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Em. I cut my strips 6.5" wide, and try for a 1/4" seam allowance. Triangles are very forgiving though!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Jade!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Oh, Terri, I can't wait to see Felix on it/wrapped in it. And really just see him, whatever. Soon....!!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks so much, Arlene! Such sweet words, thank you!