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