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29 July 2021


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Hello, Corey,
I have several handmade quilts handed down in my family; some of them are over 150 years old. I knew some of the later quilters in my early childhood and think of these little ladies whenever I refold or use one of the quilts. So much love and attention was given to a common household item meant to provide warmth and now seen as a work of art by an appreciative granddaughter. Thank you for the reminder.

What an incredibly poignant piece. Very thought-provoking. The story of cutting up a beautiful intact Aubusson makes me sad.
My Belgian mother-in-law grew up in Belgium during the war. She is also a gifted seamstress. She wastes nothing. Worn table cloths become hand towels. Bed linens become pillowcases. All meticulously sewn to maintain a fancy edge or trim.
My Canadian grandmother of the same era also wasted nothing. The smallest scraps of fabric became beautiful quilts which I cherish. Small pieces of old coat linings became a doll blanket for my mother, and it now hangs on my wall.

We are all bits of tapestries woven together with threads that connect us all.
Lovely words always.
Thank you

One of my favorite possessions is an enormous hand woven linen sheet I bought in France during one of my early visits. It has initials in the corner (I assume of the bride to whose trousseau it belonged), a seam down the center and several gorgeous, perfect, repairs. It is the most wonderful object and I wonder what history it was part of... who was conceived on this sheet? Who was born on it and who did it cover in death? A sheet is such a personal thing, and many bodies have been in contact with it. And now mine.

When I started collecting vintage tablecloths I thought I could cut them up and make pillows. I cut one tablecloth and still feel sad that I did it. Now I use my tablecloths even if they have a hole. I am so with you on this one.

I grew up in a home where every penny was accounted for. On a wall in our home was a very large needle point that read:

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

We were taught how to repair, how to make an invisible seam, how to sew, recycle, and refashion something someone else had tossed or out grown. I am currently trying my hand at Sashiko, which can be used to repair or strengthen fabric, and often simply to enhance the beauty. I am trying to purchase less and repair more, not only clothing, but appliances, pottery, and other items.

The beauty in all of the pieces above are wonderful, and the last piece shows amazing skill in not only repair or refashion, but also in colour pattern mastery -isn't it glorious!

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