It won’t be perfect, just a little “crazy quilt”
This summer, I am taking a break from my usual sketching and painting; I’m warn out from spending several hours daily, this past spring, on several art projects that needed to be completed. Yes. They are done. So a break to do some reading, a little sewing, walking and spending more time on adventures with my spouse and family will be refreshing.
Stored away in my closet are several scraps of fabric that I would like to use in a project (my sewing quilt days are almost in the past.) There in the small stack were some 15 – 17 old quilt squares that someone had sewn together by hand. They must have been leftover scraps of material that were on hand in someone’s stash of goodies. Some of the fabric pattern designs might be back in the 40’s?
I was fortunate to find these squares over 10 years ago while browsing through our local thrift store….I bought them at a fantastic price and swore I would put them together in the future. The squares are three different sizes: 9 inch; 10 inch and 11 inch which really threw me off on how to put them together in a quilt. So they got pushed under the pile of other stuff in the closet. Then the other day they were rediscovered; I sewed strips of material I had on hand to each square under 11 inches square so all squares are now 11 inches square. Now, I’m in the process of sewing, by hand, all the squares together.
In the slow process of sewing each square onto the next it made me reflect on the person who had originally started this quilt and why it was never finished. What happened in their life that took them away from the quilting? The process of sewing by hand is very meditative, slow, rhythmic, and makes me appreciate the days when modern tech life was non existent. I find it a wonderful time to be relaxed and let my mind wander freely with pleasant thoughts. It’s also a time to be spiritual……so when this quilt is completed I will call it a Prayer quilt: I will embroider, by hand, onto the face of the quilt some of my favorite Prayers/Bible versus.
Similar to the prayer quilt is an old picnic yellow/white squares design table cloth my mother used at her large table when she entertained several guests. Over the many years my mother entertained guest in her home, each guest had to sign their name on the table cloth along with the year they were in the home. Afterward my mother would hand embroider each of the names…so now I have that table cloth and the tradition continues with my family.