Tuesday, October 26, 2010
QUILTING, ITS OWN REWARD
Among the themes I've noticed over the years come teddy bears, cats, shoes, trees, and multiple explosions of color and abstract placement of blocks. Some so complicated they have to be engineered on a computer or placed on a giant, room sized quilt board to make sense of the pattern. It can involve cutting one or two fabrics up, and sewing them back together again. I didn't see much of that this year, maybe the economy has affected quilting. After all, quilting evolved from hard scrabble times, when people threw nothing out. Every little scrap of fabric was saved and sewed together to make a usable blanket.
I call them rescue quilts. Here this woman lovingly quilts an old quilt top that someone had tossed. Small blocks of every color, pattern and hue. Simple and direct. Scrap quilts are still very popular at the faires I've attended, including this one.
Bird houses have been all the rage in the last few years.
For a look at my quilt photos click on the following link: