because this new mending project has such a long thread to my past, i have named it "Without End". i like naming things and even more so when the name identifies clearly the spirit of the thing that moves me.
day one included 'a holding ceremony' and 'remembering' and finally quilting the border (during my commute) to give it some body. the stitching definitely brought it back to life. and the conversation has begun. the cotton has discolored, and reminds me of perfectly toasted marshmallows. i noticed the contrasted textures of the fabrics. and as i held my hand beneath the linen i found bare spots and some additional small tears and i could see where the stress has been and i am preparing a mending plan. slowly.
the pattern in the border is only a slice of the original block design. it was actually my little floating squares pattern that i have used many times. ......in the baby quilt (i found the picture) and also in this series. its a great pattern and the size of the corners can be adjusted according to the size of your scraps. it came from the tile pattern in a school bathroom.
...december is the month when i go through all my accumulated fabric and projects and junk i have hanging around, looking for stuff to give away or finish or just throw out. instead of focusing on finishing up projects i am think about giving a new life to those in distress. filling in the holes. mending. mending is like healing and healing is a very nice way to spend time. at least i find that to be true. this is a short kimono i made years (30?) ago. the linen was already vintage, from an old thrifted table cloth. the silk knotted tassels came from a silk kimono my grandmother gave me. some robe she used while she lived in the phillipines. and the cotton patchwork border is one of the first i made, left over from the baby quilt i made for my son. i am still looking for pictures of that one. silk, linen and cotton. what a combo. the side was repaired once before, and i have noticed some staining and another hole. it calls to me again and i have a thought to line it this time to increase the strength of the aging linen.
maybe i can line it with something else that needs repair and together they can strengthen each other. share a story perhaps....