There is something else that is an anomaly for Central New York. Do you notice the beautiful blue sky? No wonder nature has been a bit confused this season - no snow and sunny days.
It also seems the Canada Geese are also not migrating as far south as they usually do and flocks can be heard overhead as they circle around from lake to lake. Some flocks are so large it sounds thunderous in the skies above.
Hearing the geese reminded me of previously admonishing the quiltmaker from the 80's for keeping painstaking records of her fabric purchases. Now is when I must do a retake and tell you why I admire her... and why the geese overhead remind me of her.
This quilt maker from the 80's dedicating herself to learning patchwork skills.
Tucked into boxes of 1980's fabrics was this Flying Geese wallhanging unfinished top. It measures 43" x 45" and is hand pieced. Rotary cutting was not in a quilt makers vocabulary until Mary Ellen Hopkins revolutionized the quilt making process demonstrating faster techniques and allowing quilters to break from historical ways.
But remember I said I really admired this quilt maker. It is because she was so precise and meticulous in her craft.
|Notice the careful pressing and trimmed excess fabric to eliminate bulk at the seams.|
|Templates were traced with pencil and the marks became the seam line.|
The quilt revival was sparked during the 1976 American Bicentennial. Prior to the bicentennial, quilt making techniques had slowly been fading from American culture. Certainly from my own experience, although my great-grandmother was a quilter it was not a skill my mother possessed. Growing up during the depression, my mother viewed quilts as a sign of poverty and hence quilts were used as mattress bed covers in our household.
I knew how to sew in the 80's, but it wasn't until I received Let's Make a Sampler Quilt by Diana Leone when I pieced together quilt blocks correctly and gained an understanding of the quilt making process missing in my own sewing vocabulary.
|Take note of the green fabric in the center.... more on some of these greens later :)|
So thank you to beautiful skies, migrating geese and quilt makers of the 70's and 80's for keeping the art of quilting alive for quilt makers today.