Do we wonder enough? One of the questions I loved to ask my kids in class was "What do you wonder about?" Sometimes out of the blue, sometimes based on what we were studying or reading. At first kids would look at me with that stare that said, what does she really want from me, but over time they would begin to wonder and share what was on and in their minds. Wondering is a wonderful thing and an incredible tool for learning.
I digress....When I find or buy or see something handmade I wonder about it. Who made it, why, and how did it get here? Every piece has a story. If there isn't a label I imagine the maker. Isn't that part of the beauty of the hand made, the maker. A label is a clue. It won't reveal the whole story, but it may encourage someone to wonder.
The labels started with ink jet fabric sheets. Thanks to Penny at Sewtakeahike who motivated me to dust them off and give them a try. She has a great tutorial on how she makes her hang tags. I think this is what Nicolette uses too. I included the name of the quilt, the maker, the date, and if they were made for a specific person or occasion I added that. Six labels from one sheet. The only hitch is that you have to have 6 quilts done to get them all on one sheet. Definitely a flaw in my plan.
Then I made little log cabin blocks using fabric from the quilt or that coordinated with the back of the quilt. They're so me...I love log cabins. Here's what I have finished. They're about 4.5 x 5 inches. A bit bigger than I wanted, but it was hard to get much smaller and be able to miter the corners neatly. Time for some relaxing hand work during the Olympics.
I'm working on quilting Hannah's graduation quilt. It's been tough, so to relax myself I made a few of these blocks last night. I've been wanting to do another quilt like this one. A bit of a departure...not much color here. I do love the simplicity of the steely gray. There will be a little surprise punch of color...more on this later.
For those of you who asked...he didn't finish the math...felt really bad...led to a rewarding "sit on the bed" conversation...a lesson in responsibility, independence, procrastination....lesson learned...I wonder?