I started out with all kinds of different ideas – maybe some old fashioned or antique hand tools would be interesting? And then I thought what about a plow horse – that could be considered an important tool for farmers of yore – that could be interesting. But, with both of these, I just couldn’t find the right image to spark the rest of the design - I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I thought about writers – words and letters are the tools of their trade. This was starting to feel more like it! With my first ideas, I was drawn to the way things used to be done. This got me thinking about how tools have changed – things that used to be common place are no more. Things change – progress, new ways and means and methods of doing things are developed. A thought ran through my mind – “the tools may have changed, but the words remain.” I just couldn’t shake this thought, and it was just what I needed. My piece is a whole cloth linen quilt, with a thread sketched feather quill and inkwell, depicting the way it used to be done – an old tool. The background is all quilted words, all written with my sewing machine – a new tool - but the words remain.
|The Words remain|
|allover quilted writing|