Hello from a long-absent quilter! It is autumn in Wisconsin, Oliver is sleeping
near me, now 12 and sweeter than ever.
I admit to being a bit surprised that this blog is still online, gosh.
Alas these past few years I have not been able to
quilt due to a variety of "perfect storm" events, but this past
summer I have been sorting through so many saved fabrics, books, quilts,
magazines, letters, ribbons, business cards, oh my....several rooms of things
to go through, air out, read, save or discard.
I've found many interesting items I had
forgotten about, articles or photos I liked and then realized they were mine
(ha!), and ended up thinking it might be a good thing to start blogging and
share few of my thoughts and photos again. They reminded me of friends, quilters, so many
experiences over the years, like vintage fabrics that are re-discovered and
more beautiful than ever.
I’ll begin with the little quilt, above, rolled
up in a packet of small treasures I had put away for safekeeping and forgotten.
“Edged in Black” by Audrey Arno from Tulsa, OK,
was from a collection of "little" quilts made for sale to support Ami
Simms' Alzheimers project, raising money for research. They were displayed and sold at one of the big quilt
shows I attended and this one spoke to me, a wonderful mélange of vintage fabrics,
beautifully designed and pieced.
When I held this quilt yesterday the idea that sprang to mind was to make small
projects with some of your fabrics you have saved or put aside because they are
so special. Don’t simply store fabric, instead make something small and easily completed, and enjoy it, donate it, gift it to
another quilter who would love it.
It needn’t use vintage fabrics although some of
my very first new fabric purchases are probably now old enough to be classified
as antique….! It can be from your
special collections of batiks, or hand dyed, or conversational prints, blue and
white fabrics, whatever. Someone would
love it and a small piece can be framed for display or added to a small area in
Recently I watched a news story about the container ships backed up and no merchandise to buy for Christmas, oh no. What happened to making something from what
you already have? Or doing something
special for someone? Or give a day helping a
relative with things to do around the house?
We don’t need any more things in the house, but of course a small
handmade gift would be welcomed with happy delight.
Below are photos of just that, a small quilt pieced
from an old very worn tied quilt that my mother’s grandmother had made from fabrics
in the early 1900’s. My mother made a
label so it is documented nicely, and I treasure this little quilt especially since
my mother has been gone now for some years.
I loved this in 1989 but it is more precious to me now.
It has been lovely sharing some thoughts with you today; see you next time!