|My first mug rug swap made from scraps|
|Buttons covered with very small scraps of fabric|
|Wnter wall quilt made from old shirts|
|Black and White Cats Mug Rug - fun with fabric|
To me quilting is about honesty, authenticity, creation and connection. To me quilting is also about ‘fun’ and I am well aware that it is only because we sit on the laps of grandmothers, mothers and the women before them, that we have the luxury of sewing for ‘fun’. We are the thread through time – a thread that runs across lands and generations, a thread that is born from watching, learning and sharing. It is through us that this connection continues, into the future and into perpetuity. We are that connection.
|Learning from our mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers|
As quilters and sewists - do we make any less contribution to mankind and history than the ‘great’ men and women? Theirs may be a singular life of achievements and progression of thought, whereas our history is a weaving of relationships, hearts, homes, warmth and love. When Lincoln died that day in 1865, laid out upon a bed, were his final moments made any more comfortable because of the quilt he lay upon? And whilst they may have found the shroud of Christ do we know who stitched it? I believe we may never know as the answers lie in the detail of everyday life and it is these very details that remain hidden from history.
|Jinny Beyer's remarkable historical collection of quilt patterns|
So there you have it - a little bit of the Patchsmith's philosophy. Bored yet? I hope not but don't worry - next week I will be back to my practical self.
Sew until then .......