Saturday, January 22, 2011

When is giving too much?

It's -2 degrees this morning. I've been up a while sewing on a baby quilt I started yesterday. I modified the traditional log cabin and am using bold colors, no pastels. I am not a quilter, and I don't do a good job of keeping things square, but I'm enjoying this project, I think because I just love looking at these colors together. Chocolate, hot pink, golden orange, light pink, and a heart pattern with chocolate background.

I'm making it as a gift for a young woman I sorta kinda work with and the question has crossed my mind if I'm making it more for me than her. I mean, she's not a close colleague, I haven't spent hours working with her, and yet I wanted to do this. I wanted to make something, have my head have to figure out something. It feels silly to have thoughts in my head of rationalizing a gift. "Is it an over-the-top gift?" No, I say. It's her first child. "But you haven't done this for other people who are actually closer to you." The baby will be Aquarius. I am Aquarius. And so it goes.

I really hate it when those conversations go on inside my head.

Here's my progress. I think the back will be big blocks of the colors or maybe, solid brown if there's enough fabric without a trip to the store.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like those colors too. What kind of fabric is it?

Connie said...

It's flannel. All of it.

Katy said...

Love the combo of colors and the sweet pattern.

I say if you're in the mood to create - go for it! Why not = it benefits you AND the recepient!

Anonymous said...

Sorta, kinda will love it!!

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful!!!

Teresa said...

I love the "unsquared" look...gives it more dimension. Enjoy your creative moment! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!

Kathleen Botsford said...

it's gorgeous and it will warm her heart when you present it to her. How cool to give something straight from the heart and handmade to someone who isn't expecting it. Have you heard of the people who leave their artwork in obscure places around town to be found and enjoyed by strangers? How cool you are!