A quilt for your back...


… or your tote or your front or your wall or your couch.

These four pieces are a study in using it up, but like really using it up. Not just the big scraps, but the little ones too. While most quilts are practical objects once finished, fully bound and wrapped around a body to keep warm, these little buddies have been practical in the making. They are whole and sturdy little quilts, made from what would be considered in a larger sense- trash. They represent two countries, three states, five women, and countless garments out wrapping up bodies in the world.

In the two quilts on the left the little colorful triangles are from Not Perfect Linen, where Tavi and I got our dresses for my sister’s wedding. The dresses themselves were a Big Deal for us, being new and full priced and… from Lithuania? They came with little 2 inch samples of every color of linen that the company carries and I spent the next three days spreading them out and looking at all of them in wonder.

The quilt second from the right is made from scraps I created while making box tops. Circles of linen cut out to make necklines, and the tiniest leftovers from hems and sleeves. The cream is an Irish linen, thrifted in a moment of disbelief that I am still aimlessly thankful for, because who donates un-dyed, handwoven Irish linen to the thrift? The blue is vintage linen, repurposed from a tablecloth and over-dyed with indigo. I keep it all, because linen is precious, and because the work I’ve put into reclaiming the fabric makes it doubly so.

The quilt on the far right is made with little slips of naturally dyed linen that Jessica at Sugar House Workshop sent me with an order. They are lovely, gentle shades. Just a little gift from one maker to another, but her kindness as a stranger-friend on the internet has made my day again and again and I think they’ll infuse some power into whoever is wearing them on their back (or front or wall or couch). That tiny line of brilliant red is a piece of my all time favorite thrifted linen, red and orange woven together to make actual flaming red. More power for the wearer.

The larger (tiny) pieces of fabric in the two quilts on the left and the quilt on the far right are scraps of hemp linen from Kellen, who owns/runs/IS Yoke Handmade. She’s a quilter herself, and her generosity with her scraps astounds me (as I hoard every piece of linen larger than a fingernail that crosses my path).

Quilts are magic.