"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Super Secret Sewing Project - Revealed!

The project:
Faithful followers might recall that last spring my daughters and I worked on a few sewing projects. We turned in homemade quilts to Project Linus, and completed a Super Secret Sewing Project. Now that the SSSP has been delivered to its intended recipient, I can reveal the final result, and the rest of the story.

HOURS upon hours. Enough obsessive work to cause back spasms.

Why bother?
In 2008, my aunt and uncle joined us on a long leg of our Big Trip. They on their motorcycle, us in the minivan which doubled as a vulture shield. We had a memorable vacation together, and since we're in the sewing mode, I wanted to make something special for them that would serve both a utilitarian purpose (keeping them warm) and memorial of our trip. The quilt was born.

The squares, selected and created by the girls and me, represent the camping experiences we shared, the Western heritage we explored, the bandanna my aunt and uncle wear when they ride, and the Vulture Incident. The quarters are divided by bands representing roads.

Making a quilt takes a lot of time, and making a custom quilt takes even longer. It's much more enjoyable to do this for someone who understands and appreciates the effort. My aunt and uncle are nothing if not understanding and appreciative.something you do for a person who doesn't appreciate the time put into it.

Worth it?

1 comment:

  1. I will be the first to say how much they love this piece. Showing and explaining it to everyone that will listen. It is used with pride. Good Job Jen and Girls, Good Job!


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