Friday, August 6, 2010


I want to make a words quilt using the fabrics I bought on Sunday as inspiration. Since I "collect" quotes it shouldn't be too hard, right?Uh, no.

First of all, the quote can't be too long. I want to make a smallish quilt, no more than 30" square. Helen's Rules Quilt turned out to be about 30 " x 33", and had 36 letters.

So here are some of my top ideas. Some of them seem to want different colors, though.

1. A woman's place is in control.

2. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.

3. Do what you like to do. It'll probably turn out to be what you do best.

4. Leap, and a net will appear.

5. All things are difficult before they are easy.

6. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

7. Well behaved women seldom make history.

8. If you're going over the top, keep going.

9. How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.Here is a bit more information and my own feelings about each of the above:

1. from Lucy, in the Peanuts cartoon. I think this wants more assertive colors.

2. by Mae West. This one seems perfect for the fabrics.

3. Wallace Stegner. I think it has too many letters.

4. from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ?? Not the right colors for this quote.

5. Dunno, can't remember. My colors seem too frivolous.

6. Albert Einstein. Needs more respectful fabric. The pinks are just too silly for this one.

7. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. This is my son's favorite quote.

8. My son. Colors perfect.

9. This is a pangram, a sentence that uses every letter in the alphabet at least once. The fabrics are appropriately silly for this one.

I added the picture of the roses because it is Nature's example of complementary color contrast done exactly right.

... and because obviously I have pink on the brain!


Susan said...

"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." would be my first choice!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Our mum likes the same quote as Mr Karate!!

stitchinpenny said...

I think that the Einstein quote would be perfect. The quote flies in the face of convention as does the color palette does for the weightiness of the message. It would be especially meaningful for an artistic and freespirited young lady.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Oh, Oh ... I pick No. 9!!!!!

You can be profound or serious later . . . the vexing colorfully-striped zebras NEED to be brought to life!

Clare said...

I'm with Julie. Definitely No. 9. It will go with the quick brown fox quilt too.

Lynne said...

I love your blog - it always makes me think! I like 2 for these fabrics and also 6 because the colours are whimsical and imagination is too, 7 is good too as is 8. How about "Take time to stop and smell the roses" - a bit boring and obvious maybe!

Britt said...

I was thinking numbers 2 and 8 were perfect for the colors even before I read your take on it. Looking forward to seeing what you choose to do.

Michelle said...

I like the Mae West quote best!

Liz said...

I like number three, but stop after the period. "Do what you like to do." The rest isn't necessary. Thanks for sharing. Liz

Valerie said...

I'm thinking 'dance like no one is watching' works for those bright and pinky fabrics...

Quilter Kathy said...

You are brilliant...I loved reading your quotes and your analysis!