Last post I left you with the tantalizing concept “foreclosure quilt ties” and I imagine you’ve been puzzling over that for days. Now I shall explain. I began making quilts out of used clothes about five years ago. Over the years I often saved used clothes or other materials, thinking I’d find a use for them one day. I’ve also always been artistic. After discovering the work of the Gee’s Bend quilters, as well as inspiration from my friend Audrey, I started to make quilts out of used clothing. I have accumulated quite a “stash,” as quilters-with-a-capital-Q call their fabric supply. I also like to use salvaged materials for other parts of the quilt, such as the batting or the ties. As of this writing, I principally hand-tie my quilts, not having yet mastered the art of machine quilting. Luckily I had a big stash of yarn left over from a short-lived crocheting binge.
Last year, some of my neighbors foreclosed on their home. This was sad because they were basically good people, a family headed by a single mother, working very hard, and it had been the first home she owned. This is a complicated story like so many others, but suffice it to say when push came to shove she had to get out of there, and quickly. When she did, she left a lot of “stuff” behind in a small shed on her property.
My neighbor told me if I could use anything left in the yard to go ahead and take it. So one day I rummaged through the shed and extracted a few items, one of which was:
This was a no-brainer to add to my stash, especially because orange is such a lively color and I’ve got so darned much blue fabric. Indeed this yarn was a big part of the inspiration behind a mostly-blue quilt. So 672 two-inch blue squares and 200 six-inch strips of orange yarn later we have this:
I like to leave the “tails” of yarn ties long; for me it is enlivening and playful. Some concerned Patwig Quilt admirers have worried this is a choking hazard. I still prefer it. What do you think?
In any event, I Got the Blues is now completely done, folded up and ready to go to my son’s school for a fundraiser. And I can get back to MFC.