Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Quilting Bee
Before the days of cell phones, the internet, and every electronic gadget that has us so disconnected now a days, women would get together and sit around a quilt. A quilt that was put on quilting frames with chairs all around. Conversation flew back and forth as quickly as the thread and needles were passed through the front and back of the quilt making a design much like the stories told between the women.
As a child, I would sit under the quilting frame with the children of the other mothers and we would play. Like the tent blog post that I posted the other day, sitting under a quilt on the quilting frames was magical. If you lay on your back you could watch the needle as it came through the back of the quilt and then back up again followed by the thread.
The different colored fabrics as the light shone through looked like a kaleidoscope and changed each time you moved your head.
As I sit here quietly by myself around my frame, my children playing underneath, I can't help but miss those times.......when people seemed to be more connected. And yet, there are so many of you out there that I would never have met if not for the internet. Like this quilt, so many different colorful fabrics all connected with a common thread.......spreading warmth to each other across the many miles and even different countries.
A different kind of quilting bee....