A few months ago I put up a post
about my on off relationship with quilting, including this hand pieced hexagon quilt top made from Laura Ashley fabrics, that had remained unfinished in a plastic bag at the back of my wardrobe.
I knew I would never ever finish it... I didn't like the fabrics anymore, I wasn't happy with the design and to be honest there are too many other things I would rather be doing. So when Kayla Coo
left me a comment that said "Don't throw your Laura Ashley quilt away because I think it's lovely", there followed an email exchange the result of which was I sent her the unfinished quilt top along wth the the bag of remaining fabric hexagons. And last week Kayla sent me this photograph... the quilt alomost finished by her mother in law.
And I think it is beautiful! I love that someone else has taken the care to turn something I had discarded into a thing of beauty. I love that two stitchers who have never met have both worked into this quilt, over twenty years apart. I love that continuity and connectivity. Which leads very nicely into my next idea....
In the silk lace piece that I blogged about yesterday I used scraps of lace that were left from my sister-in-laws wedding dress, given to me by Stewart's Mum the last time we were in Dundee. Again I like the idea of the connectivity, the fact the lace has a story and that by incorporating it into a new piece of work I am somehow weaving pieces of history together. It ties in with my ideas about missing pieces of stories and the way I have associated it with lace.
And so I have a request for you my blogging friends... do you have any scraps of lace at home? Pieces that might have been handed down to you, pieces from wedding dresses or christening gowns, bits cut from garments or projects, hankerchiefs or petticoats... anything that might hold memories. If you do and you would be willing to part with even the tiniest scrap, would you be willing to send me a piece? If so please leave me a comment or send me an email and I'll let you know where to send it.
What I would like are snippets of lace together with a brief note about why they hold special memories. My plan is to incorporate them into my final piece of work together with the text - I'm not entirely sure how yet but I know I'm excited about the idea and would love it if could help me. Thank you!