Tuesday, January 4, 2011
SNO-CRUSH: Avalanche Quilters
Everyone sewed pieces together and made blocks. We would lay the blocks out on the floor, and everyone stood around it, looking, then rearranging. The rest of the group either approved, or suggested another way. When everyone was finally agreed, we sewed it in teams, and we marked the quilt. Then we put it in on our frame, and everyone quilted. During this process, which sometimes took months, we had many ancillary discussions, deepened friendships, counseled our marriages, distributed eggs, and excess garden produce, planned parties, and childcare, discussed politics, and
buttoned our lips about what we said at quilting. We also found we all had distinct opinions about color and design, and we learned how to express our ideas, how to negotiate, and to compromise. In the end, each quilt is a very uneven quality. None of our group quilts looks like a quilt that any one of us would have made. But each one is a shining, imperfect beauty.
The last day of the quilting, we embroidered our names around the edge of the quilt, holding it upside down across our laps. Then everyone's name went into a hat, and we drew out the name of a winner.
This quilt is called House Top, and styled after the Gee's Bend Quilts. It is wool scrap, no batting, with a flannel back. The edge is black cotton velveteen. The gray wool squares are a silk and wool combination. This is the second time the quilt has been shown, and it still has some pins in two squares. It's not finished! That is a hopeful sign to me, that there are still quilting days ahead.
Posted by Avalanche Looms / Susan Johnson at 10:26 PM
Labels: farm and home, friends, textile, women
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This is beautiful and I love the story of how it evolved. Did you draw the name out of the hat? Were you the lucky recipient? What a treasure.
What a beautiful quilt and wonderful process. The result is an expression of cooperation and friendship. You can't beat that.
I have always admired this quilt--if you ever start quilting again I hope I could help
this is so lovely in its simplicity...
stories like this make me feel so lucky to be woman who makes and often in the company of friends...life just wouldn't be the same without it.
Avalanche Quilters are a slow quilt group. We never liked to end a quilt, and this one is still unfinished ...so it still belongs to the group. Lately, though, we've kept our quilts until it seems clear who should have it.
Living out in the country, we all felt a little isolated, and we depended on each other's company and support
Barb, It's possible
geI hope so
What a way to wake up a January day, this is a beautiful photo and quilt! I want to get back to the day of quilting and talk and friendship around the quilt frame.
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