Thursday, May 14, 2009

Planning the Journey

Have you ever wondered what the process is for creating a quilt? As I watch people attending Dr. Gaither's quilting workshops, I can't even begin to imagine putting together one small square much less an entire quilt.

When I would lead tours of the Community Quilt while it was on display at BDM, I was always quick to point out the initial sketch Dr. Gaither made - on a napkin while sitting at her favorite restaurant. I always have to include that last part as it speaks to how inspiration can strike anywhere. That and the people I learned about the quilt from insisted that I always include that.

As you can see from the images above, there is quite a bit of planning involved in creating one of Dr. Gaither's quilts. The first image is that of the label associated with Dr. Gaither's quilt My Spiritual Family. On the left is her sketch and on the right is a photo of the finished product. You almost need a microscope to see all of the details. It is amazing to see the process that goes into one of these quilts. There is always so much to see in the finished product, but it never really occurred to me what the planning process must look like. It is enough to make my head spin.

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