I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson







Friday, February 4, 2011

Making Do - Part One




When life gives you lemons [lemonade!].....When life gives you scraps [make a quilt!].
Overused homilies, of course....but oh the fun of making something wonderful out of bits, bobs, and found objects! Lucky for me, us, it is a choice we make...for artistic pleasure, for the good of the Earth, whatever.

During pioneer days, then later the Great Depression and WW2, it was a necessary part of life.


I love this patriotic encouragement!


When I was working on my HQ doll quilt, I mentioned using "shirting"...


...and a friend who wears gorgeous handmade dress shirts took note.


A week later, when he received new shirts from Hong Kong, instead of discarding his worn out shirts, he passed them onto me!


I was thrilled! The cotton fabric is so fine, so lovely! Not exactly what we as quilters mean by "shirtings" but definitely a great addition to my stash. I trimmed away the collars, cuffs and plackets, saved the real pearl buttons...


...and now I am thinking: Can I use them for my next HQ doll quilt?* Or maybe blue and white Lone Star or simple nine patch?
I know I will use them...and think of my friend.


The colors are so me! I almost kept the shirts to wear....

Tomorrow [or soon!]...Making do with rescued woolens and leftover quilt blocks. Plus a make-believe love story of sorts!



*PS: Yes I know I was cranky about my first HQ little quilt, but now I feel challenged to try another---and do a better job! Plus the fun of replenishing my antique fabric stash...again, tiny bits, saved by frugal housewives so long ago!

love


               lizzy


[gone to the beach]

1 comment:

  1. I have always loved your little hearts and keep telling myself that I need to make some but I don't. I have a shirt that my love Gary wore lots and lots and have pictures of him in it. Now that he is gone I have saved this shirt and thought I'd make some hearts from it to always have a piece of him here with me. I think you just motivated me to sew them. Thanks Lizzy. I love the blue and white and think they would make an adorable little quilt.

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