"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Saturday, March 25, 2006

This was going to be an apron. It is a piece of calico with the lines printed on ready to be cut out and made up. I have quite a few like that. But the most fascinating aspect of this item is the incredible stitching. The picture adjoining this one (above or below - never sure where Picasa is going to put things!), shows the reverse side of the stitching.
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Barb said...

Wow, wouldn't it be interesting to know who this woman (presumably) was that started this project? Why did she stop? Was she ill? Did she move? Did the family not value her work? Why do so many items (even photos) wind up in a box somewhere?

Gina E. said...

Barb, I wonder about this with nearly every piece in my collection. There are only a few items of which I know who the stitcher was, or at least the history of them. I can guess why things end up in secondhand shops: firstly as you said, the families don't value the work, and secondly, younger women who might have inherited it, can't be bothered with the washing and ironing involved to keep it in good condition. Why does someone not finish a project? Well, most of the stitching bloggers have UFOs for any amount of reasons - too hard, taking too long, lost interest, and so on. So I imagine it was the same for the women in previous generations.