The Quilt Airs Out!
The Quilt took a Break
Actually the quilt took a break from my senior groups, because the facility was having remodeling issues. So on Tuesday, I grabbed the Quilt and my friend Lorrie. We drove to Fayetteville, TX.
A little airing out never hurts the quilt. (Actually I have to wash it constantly and that's why it's fading so much) But mostly this Quilt Adventure was about Lorrie and me...messing around with our cameras on a windy March day!
So, I didn't spread the quilt on any tables this week. No children sat on it and no older folks talked around it or spilled coffee on it. But I guess this is a first time the quilt got to hang from a clothesline! That's a new adventure for the quilt. And it took quite a beating in the wind!
To be honest, the Magic Quilt was just along for the ride. These are the quilts that we really brought to photograph. A couple were made by my mother-in- law, but some go further back. Their patchwork and stitching designs put the Magic Quilt to shame. I would never let kids dance around on these.
I spotted this clothesline years ago behind a vacant house in Fayetteville. I've always thought about going back to photograph it. Luckily Lorrie is an artist who sometimes shoots photos to paint. Her enthusiasm was all I needed. She brought the baskets and I brought the quilts. Luckily I also brought a tripod so we could do at least one silly pose. Lorrie and I really are neighbors and here we imagining what it might be like to have been neighbors in a different era!
What I learned...
I always learn a little something when I use the quilt with groups of children or seniors. But I learned that I can use the quilt, as an excuse to get out and explore.
Once out with the quilt and camera...we found a quaint chicken coop...
And a lovely horse. And some sweet, furry cows!
The quilt needed a break this week... and so did I! But, look at what refreshing things come your way, when you give yourself a little change!
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For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.