Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Getting Life Back On Track!


So here I am, nearly noon...and what have I done today? I've cleaned the kitchen, I've emptied my luggage, I've put all the stuff from retreat away, and sewed the binding on the house quilt so I can start hand stitching it down tonight. It doesn't feel like a big accomplishment, but I guess it is :c)

Remember when I was saying that I was revamping all the files on my server so I could find stuff easier, get rid of stuff I didn't want, rename stuff I didn't have a clue what it was and file it in it's own category? I found all these pics of quilts I fell in love with when I used to go to Quilt Festival in Houston when I lived in TX. Plus other antique quilts I've saved pics of. There is now a folder called "old quilts" on my server! So guess what? On days when I don't have anything to show for myself, you are going to get a pic of an antique quilt for eye candy :c)

This one doesn't look like much. I bought it at a show in Texas, it was made in the 1880's and has great fabrics and wonderful shirtings. I fell in love with it because of the simplicity. I wanted to quilt it, but the fabrics might be a bit brittle. Still, I like looking at it reminding myself (especially when killing myself on things like this Dear Jane thing) that sometimes simple is best! I wonder about the maker of this quilt, what her life was like....did these scraps come from clothes? Did she trade her fabric pieces with her neighbors? Who knows. I like thinking back to 1880 and wondering what it was like for her to do up her hair each morning and brush it out each night, putting it into a long braid before going to bed. What it was like to button up those shoes....and have to wear dresses with stays or corsets?

And of course there is always the question of why this quilt stayed a top, and was never quilted......we will never know.

Bonnie

6 comments:

Lucy said...

I know I LOVE it so much. This is a great top !

Sandra said...

It's a shame it can't be quilted - it's lovely.

Laurie said...

Bonnie,
That is a great quilt...and you are so right, sometimes simple is best!!! And the missing story is a bummer as well. That just solidifies the importance of labeling our quilts!
Hugs
Laurie

Tonya R said...

I love how the red has stayed so brilliant and true, even after more than a hundred years. Wow.

Finn said...

I love the way your mind works..*VBS* Yes, all the day to day stuff that slips away while our quilts remain.
The top is wonderful..in it's simplicity and it's color.

Like the idea of "eye candy" also, altho you are pretty prolific in the "your own" to show us..*VBS* Hugs, Finn

Dawn said...

Oh BABY! I'm excited! I can't wait to see more pics of your old quilts! I save pics like that too! They are sooo inspirational aren't they! I love the simplicity of this quilt!