Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking

Imagine my delight yesterday when, after a morning spent shopping for groceries, I returned home to find Jane Brocket's newest book, The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking in a box on my back porch. Thank you, Mr. UPS-Man and Amazon!

Like The Gentle Art of Domesticity, this book is filled with gorgeous pictures and lots of encouraging words and inspirational ideas (is that redundant?) I took the afternoon off from my normal wifely/mommy work to read it, but I think I won't be able to put any creative urges into action until summer comes.

I have friends who quilt beautiful works of art, and while I admire their work I know it's beyond my capabilities and my time and money limits to do what they do. But this book makes me hope that I can make quilts for my family that we will use and enjoy.

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Blogger Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Did ya'll live here when the Gee's Bend quilt exhibit was at the museum? It was a while back. I loved it.

I've never been able to wrap my head around the idea of spending a lot of money of fabrics to make a quilt. I guess it's the repurposer in me (and I am afraid of buying and then messing up brand new fabric).

What I loved about the Gee's Bend quilts was that they were beautiful in their simple, vernacular design and construction. The ladies who make them use what they have (old clothes and repurposed textiles) to create designs that they find appealing. Their quilts are not fine art quilts but they are beautiful. So, I agree with you, and dear Jane, that yes you can make beautiful quilts that your family will enjoy without exceeding your money or skill limits.

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Blogger Laura said...

I missed the Gee's Bend exhibit, but I did buy the stamps when the Post Office issued them!

I had a friend in NC who made beautiful quilts from her family's old clothing. For one son she made a quilt using the shirts her husband wore every day when he was in Bible college. For one of her daughters she made a quilt from the dresses her daughter wore as a baby and toddler. She also made a stunning quilt from fabric she brought back from Africa after a period of missionary work there. She also saved the children's worn-out jeans and made a denim quilt. Her handiwork was very inspiring, as was her desire to use what she had.

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