I have been looking at the crow fabric that Kenna sent me for at least a month. I would take it out and try to find the colors that worked with it, but just couldn’t get it right. Until today.
There are two things that came together to inspire me to make these Gift of Crows Potholders. One was seeing the Gee’s Bend Exhibit this weekend and the other was reading an article about a little girl who gets gifts from crows.
When Gabi Mann was four years old, she would drop a lot of food when she ate. Apparently her neighborhood crows got on to this and started showing up when she was eating outside and cleaning up the crumbs. Then she started sharing her lunch with them and soon they always around when she was eating. When she started feeding them in her back yard, they started returning the favor by bringing her gifts. They would leave buttons and paperclips, pieces of glass and nuts and bolt, all kinds of things.
Well, I found this story just magical. I’m always intrigued by how smart crows are, but this went beyond anything I had ever heard about them.
Then there’s the Gee’s Bend quilts and what I wrote about them on Sunday. The idea of the one piece of fabric that doesn’t belong, that’s like a portal to take you to another place, even if it’s just about color and pattern.
Put the two together with the crow fabric and suddenly the idea from Gee’s Bend becomes the gift from the crows. That small misplaced piece of fabric is the portal and the button.
Once I knew that, the colors and design of the potholders came easy. And I have to say, finding that little jewel of fabric and figuring out where to place it was as good as it gets when it comes to making potholders.
These potholders plus some from the extra fabric I have are sold out. If I have any more available, I’ll post them later today.
I designed 8 potholders today and I don’t have fabric for many more. So there’s a limited amount available. My Gifts from the Crows Potholders are $17 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $7 shipping for 3 or more (shipping is a bit more out of the US). If you have a thing for crows, as I do, and would like a potholder or two, you can email me here at [email protected]. I take checks and paypal.