from an unidentified source:
Quilting satisfies me.
Old quilts speak to me of what "women's' work" has ever been--providing
warmth and comfort, while expressing sometimes otherwise unnoticed depths
of creativity and love of beauty in everyday things. Like architecture,
quilts are art that surrounds us and enriches our families lives and our
culture as a whole. I love the feel and smell of fabric. I love the vast
choices of color and design. I love the feeling of a sharp blade slicing
cleanly through cloth and the soothing rhythm of hand sewing. I love the
company of women sewing and visiting and the solitude of listening to
while I quilt alone.
AUNT JANE OF KENTUCKY by Eliza Calvert Hall:
"I've been a hard worker all my life, but 'most all my work has been the
kind that 'perishes with the usin',' as the Bible says. That's the
discouragin' thing about a woman's work. If a woman was to see all the
dishes that she had to wash before she died piled up before her in one
pile, she'd lie down and die right then and there. I've always had the
name o' bein' a good housekeeper, but when I'm dead and gone there ain't
anybody goin' to think o' the floors I've swept, and the tables I've
scrubbed, and the old clothes I've patched, and the stockin's I've darned,
but when one of my grandchildren or great-grandchildren sees one o' these
quilts, they'll think about Aunt Jane, and, wherever I am then, I'll know
I ain't forgotten."
"Patchwork? An, no! It was memory,
imagination, history, biography, joy, sorrow, philosophy, religion,
romance, realism, life, love & death, and overall, like a halo, the love
of the artist for his work and the souls longing for earthly mortality."
Family Crazy Quilts
Dreaming a quilt:
then settle down; ready to become real.
having dwelled only in thought.
Inspiration surfaces in that somnolent state.
and slip the container beneath the bed ~
This quilt is made of cloth and
to place upon your little bed.
It's not an heirloom - just to keep,
but to lie upon as you count sheep.
Or perhaps the floor's the perfect place
for a doll and teddy picnic space.
This quilt can be anything you dream -
from Superman's cape to the robe of a queen.
Pretend its a raft adrift at sea,
or just cuddle up when you watch TV.
So use it up and wear it out-
I promise I won't yell or pout,
Just tell me when its days are through,
and I'll make another, just for you.
connects us with our heritage like
holding an heirloom
quilt in our hands.