Hand Quilt Along: Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Since last I posted, I finally feel like progress has taken hold and my ‘Wishing You Good Will’ quilt could possibly be finished by years end. But I am not racing to finish but drinking in the beauty of this spring reflected in its shadow. From my garden I photographed the amazing flowers below – they reminded me of Wishing You Good Will.



I tried to photograph the massive size of this beauty for you. It covers a queen size bed, draping over the foot, cascading to the floor. The sides hang over about a foot on each side. I am thinking of finishing it with a scalloped edge – but I am not there yet – what do you think?


The Rhodora

On being asked, whence is the flower?

In May, when sea winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals, fallen in the pool,
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the redbird come, his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! If the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being:
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask, I never knew:
But, in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there,
brought you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Please take time to smell the flowers along your quilting path ©


This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.

5 thoughts on “Hand Quilt Along: Take Time To Smell The Flowers

  1. kathyreeves April 22, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Those are exquisite blooms! I vote scallops, definitely! This is so pretty, and maybe this week we can actually stitch outside!


  2. Susan April 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

    What gorgeous flowers! Both pictures are beautiful and bring a sense of calm. That’s a favorite poem, too. The wedding ring is gorgeous. A scalloped edge would be beautiful, a little tricky to bind, but it can be done, and maybe you would find an easy way! It will also be beautiful if you square it.

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    • nwpaintedlady April 23, 2018 / 1:16 pm

      I have never done a scalloped edging before Susan. Tricky? I may square it then 🙂 I wasn’t a fan of the material choice of the person who pieced the top but thank you – it is gorgeous. Wishing You Good Will has found a place in my heart.


  3. KerryCan April 23, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I really, really, really love this quilt–more every time I see it! And your post, with the pretty flowers and the lovely poem, set the quilt off to perfection.

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    • nwpaintedlady April 23, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you Kerry. I just posted to Susan’s reply that I was not a fan of the material choice of the person who pieced the top. But Wishing You Good Will is growing on me more and more and has found a place in my heart. I love the age it seems to possess too, like a wise ancient sage.


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