Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We have a quiet day at home today. Yesterday there was a lot of running around, shopping, and errands. And of course, another trip to the public library. We don't have access to an English book library where we live in Israel, so when we come here, we READ! We usually take out 20-30 books at a time, and Menucha reads through hers in about a day. Then we go back for another load.
I have been reading the book "A Communion of Spirits", about African American quilters, their lives and their quilts. The quilts are truly beautiful, and it is amazing that their makers were able to take the little they had and create the most wonderful quilts. Last week, I took out the book about the Gee's Bend Quilters, and that was also fantastic. The creativity of those ladies is enormous, and they too can make a piece of art out of nothing. Looking at these books, it's easy to see where our "modern" quilt patterns are coming from. Those Liberated, Wonky, Improvisational types, were all being used way-back-when by those wonderful black quilters.

Here is a nice old quilt I took down from the closet. It's machine pieced, and utility quilted with nice big stitches. I love the warm colors and the soft look. It's a large child size, but I like to use it on my bed for an extra cover when the nights get cool. (I sure do wish that would happen sometime soon!)
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