Sometime last year I decided I would no longer take commissions. I wanted the freedom to do the work I wanted to do and to see where it would take me. But I still had some commisssions that I promised to people and wanted to do them if I could. One of those pieces was to make a quilt from a bunch of embroidered pillowcases and a few hankies that Kay sent me.
It took me almost a year to do, but I did finish it. Today I titled, dated and signed it. And this quilt is one of the things that I really love about doing commissions. Something I’ll might miss, although I guess I won’t know what I’m missing. But figuring out how to make a quilt from the pillowcases that Kay sent was a completely enjoyable and expansive experience. All those months that those pillow cases sat in the shoe box upstairs in my office/guest room, I couldn’t imagine how I would fit them together into a quilt. But once I took the out of the box, and with a little inspiration from my Gee’s Bend book, I knew just what to do. Because all the pillowcases weren’t the same white as I remembered them. There were actually many pillowcases in three different colors and three different fabrics. All I had to do was cut them up and piece them together. Making for a soft and subtle quilt. And I had so much fun making this quilt I wouldn’t be surprised if it inspired me to make another one using the same idea. Maybe not pillowcases, but perhaps linens and doilies.
So thanks Kay, for sending the pillowcases and being patient.