I’ve done a little quilting in my day. I love quilts, and the limited projects I’ve done makes me even more appreciative of those artisans who really go after it. Of course, I also love the practical history of quilting, i.e., repurposing worn out clothing into lovely and useful bedcoverings to keep the family warm on those cold winter prairie nights.
One of the important things about quilting, which is fairly contrary to my personal internal wiring, (sigh), is the absolute need to use a “template”, a pattern to consistently measure the various geometric shapes, because let’s face it, geometry is not to be gainsaid. Or put another way, if you want it to fit Continue reading “Template not optional”
I love recycled things. Most of my clothing is secondhand in some way. Of course, when you have an inseam of 35”, it’s a little tough to find things at the mall like “normal” people do anyway. That, plus the fact that frugality of budget is something I grew up with, so I turn to others’ castoffs to find my own brand of style.
Here is my secondhand dog. His name is Buckley, the Mighty Wonder Buck for short. We found him at the local pound not long after he had been picked up and deposited there by the police. He has nosed his way into our home and hearts.
This is a project from the Hobby Club that I’m a part of. Living in a small town, I do not have easy access to some of the different “ingredients” for the projects, so—that’s right. Let’s find what I have and make it work! (Or at least try it…!) My NYC artist daughter made this cup as one of her first pottery projects in college. Its newly recycled life is as a scented candle.
Quilting goes way back. It’s a fine American artwork borne of necessity. Why waste fabric if it could be turned into something useful for the family? These two quilts have significance to me. One is called the Crown of Thorns, and the other is the Flying Goose pattern (my husband’s nickname is Goose. Goes waaaayyy back.)
I also have enjoyed making old-fashioned grandma booties. Every scrap of yarn is recycled in some way. Sometimes the yarn is “just leftovers”, sometimes it is unraveled from other projects that have been deemed damaged goods, excess baggage, or just no longer useful. But they’re warm and fuzzy, like a nice hug for your feet.
It’s all just a reminder that this is exactly what Jesus does for us—taking what is otherwise damaged and despised, and turning it into something fabulous and functional. So next time you feel your life is unraveling, trust it to the Master’s capable and creative hands!
And you might just get your socks blessed off!