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patch work

Posted by on April 4, 2009

I’ve been swimming in little squares of fabric, and I’m here to tell you that it’s glorious and thrilling.  My new obsession with quilting is feeding my soul.  Now I’m addicted to the feel of the scissors in my hand and the way the colors combine to create art and beauty and fill my desire to create.

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It all started from a spark of inspiration that I caught from my new favorite blogger soulemama. I began to think about the things that I could create using the bright and unique fabric made here in West Africa.  And once the ideas began, I couldn’t get free of them.  They were so alluring, that I HAD to start.

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Over the past 3 or 4 days I’ve cut out more than 250 squares.  And, although I’ve been trying to do my work when the kids are in bed, we’ve all gotten involved in Mommy’s latest project.  Sam has been using my long rectangular scraps as a road for his trucks.  Nata has been sharing little pieces with our visitors.  Dave is full of encouragement and advice on what colors and patterns look best along side each other.  Amina and Krystal walked to the tailor at the corner to collect his scraps.

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Late last night (or was it early this morning?) I laid out all the patches and we stood back to catch a glimpse of the finished product that is weeks away.  Getting this taste just feeds my fire.  I’m pretty sure I’m getting in over my head.  I’ve read all the instructions on about.com, but somehow I know this could be a giant mess.  But I’m compelled.  Like someone who is craving a drug.  To try.

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3 Responses to patch work

  1. Stephani J

    Wow, good for you, Hope! Those colors look gorgeous, and I’m sure it’s going to be a fun journey sewing all that vibrance together.

    Btw, Chris & I are expecting a baby in November 🙂

  2. Jude

    So beautiful!

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