The old and the new
There are moments when I am both perplexed and amazed by the intersection of the old and the new. One example is writing this blog about hand quilting; using a computer, digital images and the web to tell about a group of women sewing by hand in a small town in northwest Montana. I recently read a book where the author looked at the impact of technology on our lives. He mentioned the anonymity that the Internet often offers us and saw this as a negative aspect. I realized that I was fairly anonymous in writing this blog so decided to try to rectify that. I found a photo that Cathy had taken of me quilting last spring. I doubt if the photo will tell you much about me but I realized that it told other things. We quilt on Fridays in the old School House. We are surrounded by chalkboards, desks, maps and books. In many ways this suits me as I am a teacher – at least that is how I made my living for many years. Quilting in a classroom feels natural to me; the exchange of information, teaching skills, the patterns and the discussions about life are all there. Student, teacher, quilter – I imagine many of the women I quilt with could see themselves in these roles. Yet even as we sew by hand in the old classroom, we still embrace the new. We have a presence on the web, we take digital photos of the quilts we finish and some of us discuss things via email. Perhaps it is an extension of our quilting where sometimes we quilt with new fabrics and other times the fabrics are quite old. Muslin, tiny floral prints, batiks…we manage to sew them all.