And we are counting the days

caremensquiltI wasn’t sure what we would do when we finished up the last two quilts. There was the book sale on Rendezvous weekend and in only a couple more weeks (May 19) we will have our annual Spring Rummage Sale.  I should have known these women would come up with some practical ideas how to fill our Fridays at the Historical Village between these events.  We started working on a very unusual quilt – at least to me.  Carmen donated the top from her family. Dianne suggested it was made with fabrics from the 1930s. Cathryn brought in lovely shades of embroidery floss that we are using to tie it with.  When I showed up on Friday a bit late, Bev was ironing the fabric for the back of the quilt. Cathy, Dianne and Judy were setting up the quilting frame. One of the things I like about the quilt which didn’t necessarily appeal to all the others was that it is irregular. The strips of fabric and the shape of the squares, even the dimensions of the quilt made it a challenge to put onto the quilting frame. Ah but its a beauty!  You just know from the warm colors and the splash of designs that it wasn’t pieced in Montana.  Even our brightest colors here are a bit somber. But this quilt doesn’t have anything somber about it. We decided that it should be tied with different colored floss so the back (which is an off white fabric) will be a rainbow.  The quilters passed threaded needles around so that the colors are thoroughly varied – the dark green and the yellow and the pink and the lavender and the pale green and the dark blue and the white. We didn’t put any batting inside, so the women call it a summer quilt – something that people certainly can use in Montana.  Working on this quilt reminded me of a children’s picture book (sorry that I don’t have the title or author) about a woman who makes quilts and leaves them secretly for those in need.  I am sure if she made summer quilts, they would look just like this one. Its the kind of quilt that would make you smile the moment you woke up and saw it; the kind of quilt that would let you know it was going to be a very good day.

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About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

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