Friday, March 27, 2020

The Quilting Chair


This is an old chair with much meaning. It holds the 
history of many generations who sat on it and quilted!

Recently our church was cleaning up the storage area and these chairs were needing to be removed.
The sewing circle of many generations used them to sit around the many
quilts and comforters that were made for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
and for the annual MCC Relief Sale.
The quilts are the highlight of these sales, raising thousands of dollars for relief
programs around the world.
These chairs were preferred by the ladies (many of them my aunts) because of their
slim and petite build.
They fit perfectly around the quilts.

When I had a chance to take one home as a memory - I was happy to oblige.
Thankfully a few do remain at the church, as requested by some of our senior sewers
who still like to use them.

Who knew that one day I would become interested in quilts and quilting?
I'm certainly old enough - that's for sure.

These past 2 weeks of self isolation have given me the chance to
finish up some of my quilt projects.

The chair gave me a perfect prop to photograph some these efforts.
I am by no means an expert quilter but do love to do the piecing on my sewing machine.
The tulip banner was made from fabric scraps left over from 
Noa's big girl bed and I took the challenge to quilt it free motion on my little machine.
Hope she'll love this wee touch of Spring!

The "Tree of Life" patches are sewn to the quilt backs as my signature label.
This one is currently at the quilters and will be finished soon
Bear Claw #2
Have added quite a few empty spools to this collection!

I am pleased to own this old chair and hope it keeps the quilt inspiration going.




   

This is certainly a stay where I am kind of Spring to remember!

So much has transpired these last few weeks.
We are currently on day 14 of social distancing and self isolation.
Only two very careful times out for groceries and fabrics at small local shops!
Alas, the fabric shops are now closed indefinitely as well.

Let's bind together and be reminded that God is in control and keeping us
covered in warmth and love during these days of uncertainty.


Can't wait to snuggle with these two loves again!


Till next time ... Stay Safe, Be Smart, and Stay At Home!



4 comments:

  1. Oh boy the snuggle is real. Missing ours, too. How wonderful to get one of the quilting chairs. Loved the quilts photographed with the chair. Projects are so good for this isolation time. Stay safe and keep the Faith.

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  2. Two cutie pies in that laundry basket! What a nice thing that your church did offering a piece of history to those who wished it. My church of my childhood cleaned out the pews in the dark of night not giving anyone an opportunity to have a piece of that nearly two hundred year history. Don’t get me started. 🥺 You do beautiful quilts, Rosella. Glad that you are able to keep hands and mind busy. Me? I’m making potholders. 🙃

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  3. Such beautiful works of art! I have time now. You have almost persuaded me to take up quilting. :) As for the quilting chair, I have one too but have never called it that. Love those old chairs. Smiling at your two munchkins in the laundry basket!

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  4. Oh, how I love that last photo! Good old fashioned fun together. Your quilts are fabulous....the bear claw one is a treasure!!! And so glad you have one of those quilting chairs...especially since there is a family link to them. Stay well!!

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