Adelaide and I found ourselves playing a(nother) game of Memory on a(nother) rainy afternoon this weekend. With a house full of sniffly, resting, and otherwise occupied boys, she sighed and I sighed as the rain pitter-pattered outside, neither of us terribly invested in the game in front of us, and both tired from our own sniffles.
But then my dimpled girl suddenly sat upright, looked across the game pieces with a glimmer in her eye and a smile, and said, "Wanna make somethin'?"
And that, my friends, is what my bliss looks like. The rare and precious opportunity to share this studio of mine for an afternoon with just one little lovebug of mine. Working alongside each other, chitchatting (as she says), and yes, making something along the way. It's nothing short of magic, as far as I can tell.
She calls it 'magic' too. Like "how it just isn't anything at all and then it's SOMETHING!", or how a quilt top really can be the perfect cape for a little while, or what happens when you turn a blanket right side out and voila - it's all done! Magic abounds in the making.
This little bundle of vintage purple feedsack fabric is what she chose to work on - it's a bundle that's all her own and came from a very special lady. Adelaide (and her Mama and brothers too) had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Eren and her amazing trio of boys on a lovely day at the shore last summer. Of course, Adelaide fell in love with Miss Eren (how could one not?)...and has been treasuring this bundle of purple bliss. When we headed to the studio this weekend, she declared that she wanted to make something 'for the baby' with the purple goodness, and a simple quilt was decided upon. We cut 4" wide strips of varying lengths, added a few strips of unbleached muslin, added a back and layer of batting, and made a simple, quick and easy little hand-tied quilt. When it was complete, and washed and fluffed, my little girl took it with pride to her room where she's decided it should live...for 'when the baby visits my room'.
A little bit of (purple) bliss for everyone and anyone. It's magic.