Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
I enjoy reading about artists and it always interests me to learn about the friendships between artists. Picasso and Manet, van Gogh and Gauguin, the list of artistic friendships goes on and on. I've always gravitated to creative friends--artists, writers, etc. Their perspective even--and maybe especially--when it is slanted has enriched my view of the world.
It's the same for quilters. We thrive when around other sewists--even if our contact is virtual. What would we do during these days of the pandemic without pinterest, quilting tutorials, websites and blogs?
I'm very protective of my research--it's my intellectual property and I often guard it by copyrighting my work. Quilts are another matter. I'm very much flattered when something I've sewn has inspired another quilter to do something similar. Sometimes it is as simple as the fabric choices. A few months ago I made a quilt and a wall hanging for my niece:
Meeting our sewing friends--no matter how you choose to meet--keeps us sewing. Our guild does a virtual show and tell right now; on my other blog, 3 Poodles and a Nana, I participate in To-Do-Tuesdays, and write along with my other blogger buddies, a list of sewing goals I hope to accomplish.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
The term "bees" were used for a variety of get togethers with a theme. For example, there were "husking bees"and "paring bees" (these focused on paring apples). Often bees were organized to assist neighbors and centered on some kind of work. As one 1866 article offered "an accident or calamity of some kind may have occurred throwing the settler behind-hand with his owrk or doing damage to an extent he cannot repair by his own undivided efforts."
Another website offered that sewing bees in the United States sometime in the first half of the 19th century. Often sewing bees focused on helping the poor and indigent, I found a number of articles that cited sewing bees were making clothes to distribute before winter.
Ladies Aid Societies were--to my knowledge--formed during the Civil War, usually out of groups of women who already met or sewed together. They used their skills to benefit the Union cause and after the war, their communities. A few societies existed even to the end of the 20th century. Yesterday Kathie emailed me about her grandmother:
"My grandmother was a hard-working farm wife with 8 kids. My mum says that one of the joys of her life was the Ladies Aide group at our church where they joined together for quilting. She was the designated person to mark the quilt designs."
Quilting Bees still occur today. My own guild had a daytime and an evening bee until recently.
So why the allure of sewing together? We'll talk about that tomorrow!
Have a safe and happy day!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sewing societies were often linked to a particular religion and church. This tradition continues today in many areas.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Our sympathy to her family and in fact, to our country. She will be terribly missed and I dread the coming months and the pending storm.
Stay safe and well.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Happy Flower Friday!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Happy Thursday! Just a brief follow-up from Tuesday's post on Comfort Sewing. I forgot to mention on Tuesday that using up my stash brings me great comfort as well!
Over the weekend, I could actually do a small project that used up mini-charms. I made doll quilts to accompany the quilts I am making for three little girls.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
During the Depression, a chain letter encouraged recipients to "send a dime" to friends and family. It is believed this chain letter originated in Denver, Colorado. The Smithsonian has a great article (here) on the origin of the chain letter with a photograph of the more than 100,000 letters that hit the Denver post office in 1935.
Desperate times create desperate scams and this one was no different. But shortly after the "send a dime" chain letter subsided, newspapers began to report on a new chain craze:
The newspaper in Ohio reported "Few needlewomen can resist the urge to show their skill to others, and that is probably why the quilt block chain hasn't gone haywire yet." This sentiment was echoed in the newspaper in Green Bay, Wisconsin which cited that a Mrs. C. J. Kyle was "planning to keep up the chain just to see how much of a quilt she will get."