Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quilting?

It is something that begs me to explore.
The draw of quilting is something unique.
It is not a family tradition.
My grandfather died young and my grandmother worked many hours to provide for her family.
Domestic arts slipped to the background.
Instead my teen years found me hanging out with Mary.
Her family was the epitome of domestic arts.
Through her, quilting entered my life.
None of my quilts from the past live with me.
No one actually believes that there are quilts in my past,
but they are out there- somewhere.
So, this morning when I found http://www.quiltsforkids.org/about/
my curiosity began anew.
Maybe, just maybe, this will be the winter of quilting!

4 comments:

Barbara said...

I could have written your post. My grandmother made beautiful quilts, all hand pieced and hand quilted. My mother did not, however, she was an excellent seamstress. I was drawn to quilting as a little girl, but didn't learn until July of 2008. It quickly became an all-consuming hobby, and I've never been so happy or less lonely. I've made four of these Quilts for Kids. It's a great place to start both for ease of piecing and for ease of quilting. Even if you don't want to hand quilt and you don't feel comfortable doing fancy machine quilting, and simple diagonal grid on these quilts is just perfect. You can learn to quilt, give a gift to a sick child, enhance your creativity, and lift your own mood all in such a simple activity. I highly recommend it. I hope you check it out. Take care.

Anonymous said...

nice organization, good cause...

sounds like the perfect winter activity too, when you are home ;)

did not realize that mary was the one who inspired you to start quilting... thought part of it was your sister sewing up a storm before college making her comforter.

c

First Gen American said...

Quilts. I have several hand made ones in my house made by my mother in law that I love.

What's so fascinating is the cultural differences on the perception of quilts. My own mother hates them because they remind her of poverty. When you were poor you used all your scraps of worn out clothing to make quilts. Only the rich had bedding made of a continuous sheets of fabric. Yet, when I think of them in the US, some of the antique quilts were quite grand and spoke a totally different story about the ladies who made them.

Thumbs up to quilts and the history they bring to our lives.

Janette said...

Barbara- thanks for stopping by.
I adore your quilts.
Thank you for putting me on to the Quilts for Kids.

Sis- Mary and I quilted a number of things together. She was the one who taught me how to thread the machine. I wasn't allowed to use it before she came along-lol.

Frist Gen- I think many people who rose from poverty think of quilts as something that are for the poor. Most of the early American quilts were made the way you say. Buying a "store bought" blanket was so much better. Fortunately, the skill was not lost and people are seeing them more as art. Go to Barbara's blog for some excellent examples.