Thursday, May 07, 2009

Quilt bee

I actually made it out to a quilt bee this morning. It was good to see some other quilters. Lot so folks showed up so several quilts were pinned, some wool shared, an entire cake eaten, and more challenge blocks given out. A typical quilt bee....
I've got to say it wore me out though. So I came home and played in old quilt blocks (like the redwork above) and then mindlessly cut up a pile of shirts I bought at the church yard sale a few weeks ago. In now have a full box of shirting fabrics...guess I need to figure out what I want to make from it!

I've also started reading some of the quilt history books I got last weekend. This one by Carrie Hall and Rose Kretsinger was written in 1935. The writing style is so different from anything you would read today. I mean, when is the last time you saw poetry in your quilt books? The last stanza of "The Patchwork Quilts" by Carrie Hall is my favorite:

I think a quilt is something very real --
a message of creation wrought in flame:
With grief and laughter sewn into its patches
I see beyond the shadows, dream and aim.

The photos in this book are all black and white. She made an amazing collection of quilt blocks. You need to use lots of imagination (and at times a magnifying glass) but it is still a great read.


Millie said...

Lovely redwork block. The shirts will make such a nice memory quilt.

Tammy said...

I love redwork, it's so beautiful. Your group get together sounds like such fun and hey if cake was involved, well that just adds to the pleasure. What will you use the shirts you cut up for? I guess I've not heard of doing this and would love to know what you do with them. Rest up and take care.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

fun shirts. they need some zing, although still more colorful than what you'd get out of my husband's closet.

Dionne said...

What an interesting read that must be. I find the changes in speech from even as early as the '30s to present time facinating.
PS - that redwork block is wonderful

Sunna Reyr said...

I've bin slowly reading a book called Quilts in a material world (selections from the Winterthur collection) by Linda Eaton. She uses letters written between 1811 and 1817, by a woman named Mary Remington
to make up themes for every chapter. It's a fascinating but also a heavy read. I love reading about quilts and quilters (and their lives).

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