Some of the people in my house are retired, but my sister isn’t there, yet. Still working. Jan quilts for her Rolodex of customers. She makes quilts for us. We all have warm flannel winter quilts and pretty summer quilts for our beds. She makes quilts to hang in the studio to give customers visuals of how she might quilt their quilts.
Of course there are more. The rescue quilts.
Jan seldom meets an abandoned quilt top she does not love. In all fairness, the maker probably did not abandon the quilt, but ran out of time to quilt it. Heirs and assigns, not valuing the work, put it right in the estate sale, or send it straight off to a thrift shop or Goodwill. So many unfinished quilts tops find their way into Jan’s studio she bought a separate cabinet to hold them.
Rescued tops, waiting...waiting...
As she has time she puts them together with a backing and batting, gets them quilted and bound. Jan knows so much about old quilt patterns, old quilt fabrics, old quilt piecing styles, that when she’s done she says she can hear some one’s grandma in heaven, smiling and saying “Look, it’s done! Someone can use that quilt, now.”
Jan has donated many of her rescue quilts to be raffled for charities. Many of them have gone to TLC, the Transitional Living Center we make quilts for. Her rule of thumb: keep them until she has admired them enough, then let them go. Still, they backed up on her. There are a couple of tubs of finished rescue quilts in the studio.
On a recent trip to The Crooked River Herb Farm Shop Jan put her head together with Kathleen and they came up with the scheme to simultaneously fill an empty corner of Kathleen’s expanded shop and fund the purchase of more abandoned quilt tops by selling some in the shop. That’s what Jan and I did today.
Jan displaying, customer watching
A quilt label
The Quilt Corner