I am part of an online art quilt group that does quarterly challenges, The Endeavourers. This quarter, the theme was “Memories.”
Few things evoke as many sweet memories for me as the tools and supplies of textile crafts. I have inherited yards of crocheted edgings from my great-grandmother, needlebooks from my grandmother, silk threads from my husband’s aunt, and much more. My sewing machine sits on my grandmother’s table, and I use her iron. And present-day friends also pass on a wealth of fabrics, books, technique tips, and ideas! All day long as I work on projects, these treasures spark thoughts of friends and family members.
One of the books a friend gave me is Crazy Patchwork by Janet Haigh, published in 1998. I was not a huge fan of crazy quilts, but the fresh slants on tradition in this book gave me lots of inspiration.