There’s A Story Behind This Quilt…

14 07 2008

I got my husband to hold this up outside last night so that I could get a pretty good picture of it. He didn’t want to be in the pic.

There’s a story behind this quilt….I have been an election judge for 5 or more years now. My precinct might have 300 or so voters. Of that number 150 or so might vote, especially in the primaries. It’s a verrrryyyyyy llllooooonnnnngnggggg day! We open the polls at 6 a.m. and close them at 7 p.m. and then there’s more work. I might get home by 9 or a little before. You know those pictures you see on television of people in lines at the polls….that’s not us! There’s not much to do all day except visit, read, and eat. I decided not to waste that time. I had a lot of old hand dyes. By old, I mean they were the ones dyed on less expensive (aka cheaper) muslin. They were the ones I did in my early days of dyeing. I decided to use them all up in a quilt. I chose a simple block. Every time I worked an election, I would take my pieces ready to sew and hand pieced every block. It was a lot of fun and filled in the time so well. When I used up the fabrics I sewed the blocks together on the machine into this colorful quilt top. Now I just have to decide how I want to quilt it….I am thinking big funky flowers and some wavy lines….and what my next project will be for future election days. Of course, we could be busy at the one coming in November!

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6 responses

15 07 2008
Julie

Very nice!!! I love the pattern !!

15 07 2008
Carol Sloan

Wow! Hand pieced the whole thing? Aren’t you the smart girl! I love to take hand work to do at things like that (even though I don’t do the election work) but to wait in offices …that kind of stuff. I usually knit or crochet. Or practice calligraphy. I do like your new blog look too!Looks like “things” are going better…?

15 07 2008
Gerrie

This is so cool. I love the background.

17 07 2008
Robin Koehler

Kathy,
That is soooooo cooool. It looks like a pixelated photo of wild flowers—how YOU!
Isn’t it great to accomplish a long handwork project? I love the funky flower quilting idea. Robin

2 11 2008
Patty VanHuis-cox

That is beautiful! What a great way to make your day productive!

3 11 2008
KarenF

That is beautiful!!! I wish I had taken some hand piecing with me when I went to vote early…I was in line for an hour and a half!

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