I had a chance to talk to a wonderful group of women yesterday — the Bluebonnet Patches in Ennis, Texas. I was there to talk about my novel, Betsey Anne, but since it’s a quilting group, we naturally focused on quilts. Such an interesting form of women’s art down through history. Which came first — the necessity or the beauty? Isn’t it fascinating how women can create beauty from the smallest scraps of what’s left over from the making of a garment, or what remains when a garment has completed its useful life. Beauty and warmth, both. Necessity fulfilled in artful grace.
I’m fascinated with the way a quilt looks from the under side of the frame. This simple modified four-patch quilt, made scrappily from worn out clothing and leftovers from the construction of garments, curtains, and perhaps other quilts looks like … Continue reading