To coincide with my Photo blogging project, I have also signed up for a daily blogging project. Today’s prompt was to tell a second-hand story.
As a professional long-arm quilter, I hear stories all the time. I hear about the journey that the quilt-maker has undertaken to produce the quilt top in front of me. I hear about quilt classes and retreats. I hear about wonderful shopping trips to quilt stores, large and small. I am told about family and friends, celebrations and trials.
One of my clients, named Karen tells some great stories with her quilts. She has made four of these quilts so far. The story goes as such.
She inherited her mother’s fabric stash, and as a sewer herself, Karen had accumulated quite a collection of scraps herself. These scraps are dated from the 1930’s to today, and are everything from scraps from clothing projects, quilt fabrics, recycled clothing and draperies, and t-shirt logos.
The process is pretty straight forward. Karen cuts the fabrics into equal sized squares. I believe hers were about 4 inches square. Mind you… you fit a lot of various fabrics that size into a king-size quilt. These fabrics all have meaning to Karen and her three sons, who each now have a quilt of memories.
I only got a brief story about the fabrics in general, but as I quilted each quilt, I could imagine a few generations of life through their energy. I could tell that this square was likely a curtain at one time. Oh, this was surely a kids shirt in the 1980’s. I love the pattern on that… it must have been popular in the 1950’s. Some squares were more obvious. There were patches cut from old family reunion t-shirts. There were sports team logos, and cartoon characters.
It was so much fun to “read” the stories presented in these quilt tops. I am a lucky artist indeed.
Have a great day!