Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Good Measure": A Finished Quilt and a Giveaway!

I love it when a project evolves organically, revealing itself to you a little bit at a time.  I started this quilt as a thank you gift for a dear family friend last fall with nothing more than a block idea and a color scheme.  I sewed block after block, unsure of the final layout.  I thought about adding a border, in part to easily make it larger (let's be honest!) but also to frame the blocks somehow.

Then after a trip to the Met a few months ago, I just knew I wanted the blocks to spill out into the borders.  It's funny because no specific piece of art evoked this.  It was more like seeing all those other uses of color and space sparked an image in my brain of what this quilt was meant to be.  I kept imagining the colors pouring across the quilt like water and overflowing the edges.

Then, as I was quilting it up, I kept wondering what I should title the quilt.  Something to do with water?  Something with fullness, wholeness or abundance?  After several days of wondering, the phrase "running over" came into my mind.  I knew it was a phrase from scripture and hunted it down.

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
Luke 6:38

A scripture about generosity pouring blessings back into the heart and life of the giver?  Loved it!  It captured exactly what I'd like to wish for this dear friend! 

(A peek at the back, because I LOVE this fabric.  It's from Jennifer Sampou's "Fiesta" line.)

And now that the process is complete, might you be interested in using these few leftover blocks?  


Let me know and I'll gladly send them away! If more than one person is interested in the blocks, I'll draw a winner Monday morning.  Let me know if you only want one set or both.  If the winner only wants one, I'll draw for a second winner!     (The quilt blocks have been claimed by Sarah!  They'll be on their way soon!)

And I'd love to know....do you have a favorite serendipitous creative moment?  


  1. Love your quilt! Sometimes inspiration just appears, and what a gift that is! Ox

  2. That quilt really is an inspiration! I love that backing fabric, too!

  3. This quilt is gorgeous! Your friend will love it!

  4. Love the quilt! I admire quilter's who think outside the box! I also love the scripture on the back, what a great way to make it more personal. I would love to have blue/green block, reason? Inspiration. It's one thing to see pictures in magazines, but another to have actual pieces of creativity. Thanks for the chance!
    sjtoby(at)yahoo(dot)com. Sarah

  5. Oh, wow, love the blocks escaping their boundaries! Such a great idea.


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