Anyway, I worship The Original Cat. No, really. I have pieces of her art all over the house, and I am always humbled in their presence. I don`t think she has ever sewn/quilted/crazyquilted/painted/whatever’ed something that I don`t love. And I have been a big fan of her Etsy shoppe, too.
One of my most recent acquisitions is this lovely cloth journal that Cat made. She actually made LOTS of them, but this was the one I bought. It’s made of muslin, so soft and scrumptious, then free-motion quilted. And a sweet scrap of muslin ties it closed. I would be happy to leave the book empty and just feast my eyes. But the pages beckon.
Cat free-motioned all of the pages in different styles - vertical lines, horizontal lines, circles, wavy lines, minimal outlines - each one ready to cushion some scrap of art, a memory or drawing, a tidbit or trinket.
But what to use it for? Well, my first idea didn`t work out because I needed more pages, and larger ones at that. But that is my story for next time. So this is what I decided.
|The bobbin lace from Jennifer, 2011|
Why not use it to store and protect those beautiful things that I cherish and that I want to use someday in my crazy quilting? These beautiful pieces need a Place of Honor to wait until their purpose is realized. It’s just not fair that I should have them
tossed jumbled stored in with the rest of the stash.
|Motif by Shirlee Fassell, Heart by Martha Green|
Just a simple tacking stitch or two to hold them, and viola! Artful storage! :-)
This is the only scrap of fabric I have left from my trip to Europe when I was in high school. In the summer of 1970, I went to summer school in Seefeld, Austria. One day we took the train into Innsbruck, and I purchased fabric. I made it all up into dresses, and this piece, which was to be a pocket but was omitted, is all that I kept. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve kicked myself for not saving all the scraps! But it will be Cherished until I use it in something.
And as a side note, doesn’t it almost look as though it would be something you could find in a fabric store today? This piece is 41 years old!
So, what about my idea for the Cherish journal that didn’t work out? There’s a happy answer to that.
I had Cat to make a large book as a special commission and title it Lace. The pages are simple, not fancily-stitched, but will be a very important background for what is to come. And that project is my story for next time. Do you want a hint? (besides the word “Lace” on the book, hehe). Check out this post from 2009 and meet me back here in a day or two. ;-)