Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Slipping through my fingers...

Slipping Through my Fingers

Slipping through my fingers all the time

I try to capture every minute

Not familiar with the song?  Here is a video version from the Mama Mia movie and a link to the actual full lyrics.  Go take a listen and then read the lyrics - I'll wait.

Beautiful isn't it?  If you are lucky enough to be a parent, you'll see yourself and your child somewhere in that song.

But why this quilt and that song?

My Slipping Through My Fingers quilt is my entry in the Art With Fabric blog hop hosted by Alida @ Twelo Quilting

The challenge was too choose a piece of art, music, movie etc and make a project inspired by your selection.  I choose Slipping Through My Fingers, by Abba.

The design of the quilt represents the growing up of my daughter - wrapped close to the family for many years, many twists and turns and then she becomes an adult and goes off to college, ready and excited to make memories of her very own.

Along the path of my square spiral, I  used my FMQ foot to write a series of words that represent milestones and memories of her growing up.

Slipping Through My Fingers

It is hard to capture this in a photo but they read.....
first smile...mama dada.....naps....first tooth...rollover...crawl...first steps...dress up friends...tooth fairy...reading class...girls weekend...disney...middle school...Harry Potter ...class dances...writing stories...nanowrimo...tap dancing...sister hugs... history trip...outer banks ...high school... writing and more visits...on pointe...prom...senior year...graduation....freshman

The binding of the quilt was chosen deliberately - it helps to carry her path up through the edge of the quilt and off into the world.

It all begins by first steps and dress up - which is - if you think about it - a child's first real taste at independence and learning confidence to pursue one's dreams.

This doll (baby Ab) and stuff animal in the photo below were some of her treasures, always at her side when she was little.

Slipping Through My Fingers

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Thanks Alida for organizing such a fun challenge.  Really pulled me to think outside the 'quilty' box.

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Here is the full schedule for the Art With Fabric hop.  For today, please visit Laura, Yanicka and Sarah!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 
Laura @ periwinklequilts 
Yanicka @ yaickahachezn 

Sarah @ georgiagirlquilts 
Patty @ elmstreetquilts 

I'll be linking my finish with Sew Cute Tuesdays, , Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love the boldness of your spiral paired with the subtlety of the words you quilted. Such a beautiful and personal quilt!

  2. Love the quilting and words on your borders around your block-amazing!

  3. This is a wonderful memory quilt. I was thinking about my son as I read your blog. Love what you have done.

  4. I love this, very sweet and personal

  5. Wonderful piece. Reminds me of my Light at the End, which in retrospect, was my subconscious viewing of my mom's decline toward her passing. Yours though, has a wonderful idea to include words/phrases that were important to your daughter growing up. Thank you for sharing this on Midweek Makers

  6. a great modern quilt! lovely details

  7. What a special quilt! Especially with the words on it. Lovely

  8. A wonderful piece! I love the contrast of the happy words and phrases with the graphic simplicity of your square spiral design.

  9. Wow, your art quilt is so touching!! I love it and its 'story' that goes with it too. My son is around the same age so it really meant a lot to me.

  10. Oh. My. Goodness! It's precious. Creative. Different. Fun. I love it! XO

  11. Having a story for a quilt is the best! I love this design! Bold and beautiful!

  12. Great concept! What a great memory quilt.

  13. Oh Patty this is so wonderful! As a mom who's little girl is a sophomore in college, I can so relate to this piece. I love all the layers of meaning you put into it--the spiral, the special binding, the quilting. Each element expresses what is so hard to express at this time in your child's're happy to see them become an adult, and are proud but the mommy inside doesn't want to let go...wants to hold them close and protect them forever. Terrific job!

  14. Awesome quilt and story behind why you created it. I love the blue against the white and the spiral as you created it as well. The Mama Mia movie and that song is one of my favorites. I watch that movie every time it's on tv if I can.

  15. Hi Patty, what a great quilt and an inspiring song. Love that one!

  16. Loved your quilt at first sight---even more so with the sentiments. Your daughter is blessed .

  17. It is a beautiful quilt, but knowing the story behind and reading about the things you quilted on made it super special and very inspirational! Thanks for sharing your talent and joining the blog hop!!

  18. Fantastic quilt! I have children in the mid-30's and grands in their teens, so I could relate with every word. What a wonderful way to express your feelings. Like Alida, I love the story and the words behind the quilt.


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