A quilt is like livin’ a life – An insert from The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting 1949 where Aunt Jane shared about free will and predestination. #quilt #quiltlife #AuntJane #quilts of Instagram #freewill #predestination
A quilt is like livin’ a life
How much piecin’ a quilt is like livin’ a life! Many a time I’ve set and listened to Parson Page preachin’ about predestination and free will, and I’ve said to myself, ‘If I could jest git up there in the pulpit with one of my quilts, I could make life a heap plainer than parson’s makin’ it with his big words.’
“You see, to make a quilt you start out with jest so much caliker; you don’t go to the store and pick it out and buy it, but the neighbors give you a piece here and there and you’ll find you have a piece left over every time you’ve cut out a dress, and you jest take whatever happens to come. That’s the predestination.
“But when it comes to cuttin’ out the quilt, why, you’re free to choose your own pattern. You give the same kind of pieces to two persons and one’ll make a ‘Nine-Patch’ and the other one’ll make a Wild-goose-Chase’ and so there’ll be two quilts made of the same kind of pieces but jest as different as can be. That’s the way of livin’. The Lord sends us the pieces; we can cut ’em out and put ’em together pretty much to suit ourselves. There’s a heap more in the cuttin’ out and the sewin’ than there is in the caliker.”
From AUNT JANE OF KENTUCKY
by Eliza Calvert Hall
The Standard Book of Quilt Making, 1949
Caliker is fabric.
I saw this on Little Women’s Quilt Shop social media. (Their Facebook / Their Instagram). They are one of the local fabric shops I buy fabric from. If you are in or around Jefferson City, stop by snd tell them Steve sent you!
They add this statement …
Simply put each piece of our life is stitched in a quilt. Where were you in life when you chose a fabric, found a fabric in mom’s stash after she went home to the Lord, new birth, loss, even accomplishment. Quilts are more than Instagram. Quilts tell our story….people always ask, “what’s the story behind this quilt” What’s your story?Little Women’s Quilt Shop
Here is what I have to say. Life is like quilting, despite I’ve I am still working on my first quilt, plus two more quilts. Each person can be given the same fabric, thread and sewing machine yet the quilt (or outcome) can be different as we choose to cut, piece and sew.
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2 thoughts on “A quilt is like livin’ a life”
The quote is real, and perfectly said!
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