The first time I removed appliqué from an old quilt, I knew I was doing more than just pulling stitches.
It’s actually the perfect symbol for what I do. I take old things, used things, things that people don’t want anymore, but don’t want to throw away because they have meaning to them, and give those things new life.
I rebirth them.
I wanted that idea to be in my new blog header. So I began it by unstitching the appliqué on an old quilt.
Next I drew my Goddess. A Statue of Liberty with a Bellydancers attitude, standing on the landing of the appliqué I chose to leave in place.
The words, Full Moon Fiber Art, the name of my business, a declaration in itself of my place in life and my willingness to grab hold of life and run with it, came slowly throughout the day.
I have to admit, I’m a bit obsessed with getting this right (my idea of right, that is). Stitching the words again and again on every color fabric I could think of, with different colors thread.
And when I did ( I chose to stitch the words on the back of the same old quilt) I re- appliquéd, using my sewing machine, the fabric from the appliqué I removed, for the first letter of each word. My pink marker was drying up by the time I got to the “T” in Art.
I still have more to do. Figure out exactly the right place for it all and stitching it down.
But I feel like I’m close, and that feels good.