{ perfect . . . just perfect }

All art requires courage.
- Anne Tucker -

I have this pesky tendency to think
perfection is not only possible, it is required.

I was so excited about how this quilt top turned out.
I was making this quilt to celebrate the
arrival of a new baby girl across the street.

I made sure the mother loves pink & gray and
found the perfect pink polka dot flannel for the back.

I am learning to machine quilt using the
Bernina/Grace Company Quilt Motion setup.
I learn something new with each quilt.

I had skipped 'ahead' to quilt the borders
and center and planned to do the straight line work
off the frame and with my walking foot.
I thought I was paying attention but when
I took the quilt off the frame and looked at the back,
I found I had quilted in a couple of small tucks
because I hadn't smooth the flannel back enough
as I rolled the quilt ahead.

I could have cried (I almost did).
This perfect top RUINED!
As I fussed and teared up, my husband reminded me
that not one of my quilts has ever been refused
by it's new owner because is wasn't PERFECT.

I calmed down, unpicked enough stitching to smooth out the tucks, sewed
the binding on, and stepped back to admire the quilt.

I have determined to never let 'imperfection'
rob me of the joy of creating again.
(I think I need a sign.)

I love this quilt!  It's perfect because it was made
with love and, hopefully, will be loved by it's new owner.
I love the bias stripe binding!  I love the floral border!

I looked up the definition of the Greek word teleios
that was translated into perfect in the New Testament.
Teleios is defined as "brought to its end,
finished wanting nothing necessary to completeness".
And so I can honestly say that this quilt is simply perfect!

{Did I mention that after washing and drying this quilt
you would never know where those pesky tucks were?}

Quilt Information
Finished size 39 inches square
Center - White Kona Cotton 25 inches square
Center circle - 9 1/2 inches across
Dresden petals - 5 1/4 inches long finished
(6 inches unfinished)
Border - 7 inches wide finished (7 3/4 inches unfinished)
Quilting - Straight stitch & Linda's Daisy digital design

Center quilting design came with Quilt Motion


{ in the leafy treetops quilt }

I love the the robin IN the bird bath and the look on the other robin's face.

As a child, I loved the song
"In the Leafy Treetops" (the birds sing "good morning").

I still love birds singing in the tree tops.
After reintroducing quack grass to our yard,
Mr. W. and I made a compromise that I would
only use black sunflower seeds in my bird feeders.

This spring my bird bath has been a beehive of activity.
I have been delighted to see multiple birds
drinking and bathing and vying for a spot.

I saw this pattern and loved the two colored twist.

Using this as my inspiration, I set out to create my own.
(I would have been ahead time wise to have
bought the pattern but this is what I came up with.)

 In the Leafy Treetops Quilt

The solid colors are Kona cottons.
The leafy treetop fabric is a Cloud 9 fabric from JoAnn's.

The back is a Peter Pan fabric I purchased in the 90's.
(I'm trying to 'shop' at home more . . . )

The quilt design is a beautiful bird and flower from
Quilts Complete.

Quilt information
Finished size - Width 39" Length 48"
Orange border 1/2" finished (1")
Bird border 5" finished (5 1/2")

{ He knows me }

 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings,
and not one of them is aforgotten before God?

 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered
Fear not therefore: ye are of more value
than many sparrows.

- Luke 12:6 & 7 -