This week I found out that the iconic RCA Nipper who lives on top of the Maryland Historical Society has been wearing a mask and reminding people to wash their paws! I also found out that his mask is made from some very special fabric. That blue looks great on him.
I’ve been working on this quilt top for about two years… off and on… in between other projects. But lately I concentrated on finishing it. The top is done! It is a kit quilt from the 1950’s, started by my friend Susan’s mom. Most of the applique was done, but I outlined everything with a buttonhole stitch… and added one of my signature birds to the top of the basket. She needs to be hand quilted, so I’ll be taking it to Jean Fries at Bellwether Dry Goods soon! She’s a beauty!
Just one block, but a block from one of my favorite quilts, The Margaret Potts Quilt. I’ve been planning to applique this dear little bird and had time to do it. I have a list of some projects I’d like to do during this time. It feels really good to check them off. It’s also very important to date projects we make during this time. This is history!
We are living in history right now. We are responding by staying home, while some people are working from home, some are essential, and some are protesting. Gatherings have been cancelled, schools are closed, graduations are taking place in very creative ways. After being closed since March 13, shops are starting to open up. It’s important to document this…by writing, photographs, art, and in any way possible.
I always loved hearing stories and seeing photos of women finding a place in history by talking care of others, as nurses or by making fabric bandages for hospitals.. and of course, Rosie the Riveter. Who knew that quilters and the sewists would be on the front line of this pandemic making masks! The Maryland Historical Society is gathering Letters from the Homefront to document everyday stories about our life during this time. Early in April, I made some masks and wrote about it. This morning MdHS used my story on their Facebook page.
“When life gets tough, quilters often react by doing what we love…we love to sew. I’ve been sewing all morning, and as I sent fabric under the needle of the sewing machine, it occurred to me that this is really a picture of what prayer looks like. Hugs and prayers to all the nurses, doctors, medical personnel, patients, and caregivers out there. May you all know how much we appreciate you as you wear your masks.”
May 21, 2020. This morning is the undergraduate commencement at UMBC. Fifty years ago, our Class of 1970 was the very first class to receive our diplomas from this new university. We have been planning to celebrate today…a dinner, a lunch, a reception, and graduation. We all hope we will be able to get together, party, and celebrate later! Today….congratulations to the new UMBC graduates! 🖤💛
I started working on this quilt at least two years ago. Actually, my friend’s mom started appliqueing this kit quilt in the 1950’s. My friend Susan gave it to me several years ago because she was cleaning out her mom’s house. It came to the right owner! At first I thought about using it as a pattern to completely remake the quilt, then I decided to outline all the appliques with embroidered buttonhole/blanket stitches. I got it out last week and OMG! It’s almost finished! I’ll show it again at the end of this week!
I think it’s great to be a quilter during this time. Actually, two months ago I was looking forward to some home time to work on projects that have been hiding in my studio. Yesterday, Bob and I drove to Bellwether Dry Goods to drop off my quilt that I appliqued. It needs hand quilting, and I have too many other projects! Plus I believe in supporting friends in the quilting world. So…we will see it finished when it returns. Meanwhile, I did quilt this little Tea Sampler. I bet I appliqued it ten years ago…and now it’s done! Time for a cup of tea!
It’s a different kind of Mother’s Day this year, but always a great day to celebrate moms. I bought this card this year and sent five of them to young moms that really deserve this….thinking of all the moms who have had their kids home full time for the last two months….especially the new home-schoolers, the creative cooks…and all moms doing all the everyday jobs!🌟🌟🌟
And the applique is finished! I finished the border corners last night! I think it’s appropriate….this was my goal for the quarantine time (and the time will go on and on, and there’s more quilting to do), but the way I’ve been counting, this is the 40th day! I feel like I should use the words “Biblical Proportions” here….but I am SEW glad I’ve been in my home and my sewing room, rather than being with Noah on the Ark with his animals. The Baltimore Sunpaper counts today as “Day 59 Since The Sports World Went Dark”. I started counting after my exhibit and MDHS closed. This quilter has loved having the time to work on this quilt!