Sunday, September 22, 2013
I Need a Barn
I had a lovely day yesterday. Over the last year, I've been helping my friend Paula learn to quilt. Well, I helped her with her first two, which were for twin grandbabies. Since then, I haven't done anything other than marvel in delight and amazement at how eagerly she has taken to it. She's made about a quilt a month since then, and has recently completed a small art quilt which just floored me with its delicate artistry and beautiful stitching. It's always fun to share the love of quilting and recruit a new member to the club -- but it's been truly inspiring to see how her excitement has led her so far so fast.
And yesterday, Paula invited me to join her for a sewing day at her sister-in-law's house. So I met Marge, another sister-in-law Pat, and several other very nice women, and we sat together visiting and working on our respective projects. Quilters are such nice people -- I heard it said often, but it's true. And quilting with others is enriching on so many levels. I love feeling the echo of women through the years, working with fabric together.
Marge hosted our get-together in the barn on her property. (That is not it above; that's an old barn I drive by frequently and love for its elegant aging.) Her barn is really a modern workshop, built for her husband's garage and workshop activities some years back, but clean and bright and suitable for all sorts of purposes. It was a warm but rainy day yesterday, so we had the big garage-type door open and had the pleasant sense of enjoying the outdoors without being outdoors. Marge had laid down carpet remnants and set up big tables and it was perfect.
I know I'm lucky to have a dedicated bedroom to use for quilting, so I can make my messes and leave it all there in progress when I need to turn my attention to something else. But gosh, I get such a thrill when I see the big spaces that some folks have for their work -- basements or full attic spaces or, yes, barns.
So I am thinking today that I need a barn. Maybe my garage has a new life ahead for itself. Who knows?!