What To Do With Dad’s Ties……


November 18, 2021

For a good numbers now, we have hosted, posted and shared quilts pieced and created here by many talented quilters that “retreat” to our Bed & Breakfast. What an experience to receive free admission to exhibits of these beautiful crafts. It’s rewarding especially to see these fabric wonders come to life, as they have for many, many years. To know the methods and materials grandmother and her ancestors used to produce these necessities back in their day, flour sacks, hand stitching, little light, possibly in a rocking chair never cease to amaze.

 

Today’s quilters, some practicing the ancient art, others using computer driven sewing machines with LCD screens, and fabrics with patterns of all sorts, come together often and produce wonders in color and varying materials. Yes, we get to witness many of these talents here. However, this is duplicated over and over across the land, and there are SO MANY we do not get to see, hear the stories.

 

A recent quilter, Wendy Morrow, showed off her retreat project (above), a brightly colored quilt of squares, that we shared in their group post earlier (see Tomorrow’s Quilters on our FaceBook page). It was a comment I made that led her to share a few projects away from this establishment, that warranted sharing.

She said “if you stare at it for a while, it starts to dance“. I replied, looks like an Escher (Dutch painter). She grabbed her phone, and said “I have done an Escher”, and showed me this quilt she did. WOW.

What To Do With Dad’s Ties……, Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed & Breakfast

She then shared another group that really pulled my interest, using he father’s ties. As a former tie wearer (Engineering and Sales) and thinking about a box in the garage that probably has some mouse devoured remnants), I was curious.

Wendy told me her dad kept all his ties from the days he taught school (her mother was a librarian). He was also a book collector. After his passing, she took these ties, and made this quilt for her mother. She wanted it to blend his memory (the ties), passion for books plus mother’s library work (thus the book shelves with books), and a few other memories (like the fish tie made to look like a model on the shelf). Look closely and one gets drawn into this story.

What To Do With Dad’s Ties……, Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed & Breakfast

Wendy is one of seven siblings, and having ties and pieces left over proceeded to make 6 lap quilts, one for each of them. Each different and unique depending on the leftover pieces. I was taken back, appreciated her taking the time to share, and asked for permission to do the same with our friends…..

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Hopefully, when you look at a quilt, you will be drawn closer, look at the detail, and see if it tells a story.

Wendy has a business FaceBook page – WM Creations – Click HERE