This is an appliqued piece--can't remember where I got it. It may have been in somebody's mother's attic, or I might have bought it for a song at a secondhand shop. It has been in the "someday I'll do something with that" pile in my fabric closet for a long time. Needing a project that did not involve putting things in boxes, I decided to layer and hand quilt this cloth. I was happy to see that WalMart had a decent cotton in the right orange for backing. It's single-bed size, and I'm quilting with black thread around the motifs, doing a little fixing as I go along. The applique work is somewhat crude, so I catch the points with my quilting thread and anchor them down as I quilt. When I see these orphans I think that all that handwork should be honored somehow, not thrown away. It will make a nice colorful display when completed, months from now.
Rescue III detail
Here's a detail photo of one of the squares. A lot of bits are chopped off, and there are frayed edges and incomplete seams in several places. Stitches are uneven and threads don't always match--but somebody put a lot of hours into this! It's one of those instances where the work was probably done for tourists, would never win awards in a show, would not hold up well under heavy usage. Vibrant, cheerful, full of life. Well worth the effort, I think. I love witnessing the hand of the maker on the work.
Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Fiber Artist in Eagle Lake, TX. Trying to learn to call the sewing room my studio, and myself an artist. I retired after 15 years in hospice nursing--so now I have the time!.