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Monday, June 15, 2009

Diversity

There are several of my favorite bloggers that quilt and I have to tell you that it totally confounds me as to how they have the patience to sit for hours and hours cutting out the little designs and then more hours and hours sewing them together and then making a batting and then a backing and not to mention having to tie it and put a border around it! Yikes the hours involved are too many to number!

This quilt was made by my Grandmother
and I wished I could tell you that I remember her making it or that I remember some of the fabric she used, but I don't. I came very close to ruining it when I washed it in the wash machine.


I recently bought this book
Where the writer shares peoples stories about their quilts. It has been enlightening......like the story of a quilt that was made during the civil war by an engaged young woman who's betrothed died on the battlefield. She made the quilt from her (calico) wedding dress bathed in tears. Even I, in my limited capacity made a quilt of sorts for my Grandson. I bought the patterned quilt squared fabric and after putting the batting and backing sewed around each animal to make them puff out (have to say it was his favorite blanket and he used it until it was in shreds) but to come up with a design and cut it all out and lay it all out??? No way....................


I think that perhaps people have the same thoughts about those of us who craft for charity. It is true you can buy a pair of socks a lot cheaper and with no time invested compared to knitting a pair but there is something about being able to put your hand to something and hopefully it making a difference in someones life. Chipmunknits recently posted information about this new book
I ordered it right away...maybe it will give me some insight into my madness:):)
One of my friends recently shared with me that she loves to cook but hates to eat! Now if that isn't an odd duck but diversity is what makes the world go around ........................

6 comments:

Lady Di Tn said...

I think quilting is kind of a lost art. I know there are still some very talented quilters out there but quilting was a time for ladies to lower the quilt in progress fromt the ceiling and everyone would come and enjoy each other company. It was a social event. I was taught that a good quilter could get 24 stiches to an inch by hand. Also, quiliting was a necessity and they used any scrape of fabric to make a quilt to keep a loved one warm. Once you try your hand at quilting, you have an emince respect for those who quilt. I got the double wedding ring quilt top and have still not finished quilting it. My Mother made the top out of old clothes she had made for us. Maybe someday I will finish it. Peace

Mevely317 said...

Both Troy (my son) and I have quilts 'specially made for us by my mom ... priceless!!! I lack both talent and patience, but would love to contract with some "dear" one of these days who'd "quilt me a story" from those cast-offs in my closet and cedar chest that hold special meanings.

Enjoy your week!

Myra

Chatty Crone said...

A friend of my daughter was making her a quilt for her wedding - she took photos of her when she was younger and while growing up, my grandson, and her fiance through the years - and was putting them together with their wedding picture in the middle.

They were going to hang it on their wall - there was a huge two story wall in their house.

The wedding didn't happen but I thought it was a beautiful ideal.

Farmchick said...

My grandma was a serious quilter and made some true treasures. Some of which I am fortunate enough to have in my home. When I was a teenager, she took some of my blue jeans and made a quilt for me....with my name expertly stitched in the corner.

Granny Annie said...

My SIL is a wonderful quilter. She has a group that will do their part to keep quilting alive. Also the little Kansas town we lived in had a Wednesday quilting group. They had a quilt on a large stretcher and would all work on the quilt that was a special order. I thought about joining once until I looked carefully as their tiny stiches and knew I would not manage such intricate work.

JeanMac said...

I think making socks or anything by hand is superior for both the donor and receiver. Have never quilted myself but I sure admire quilters.