Yesterday I started teaching quilting at a clubhouse where people with mental illnesses come to socialize, have lunch, etc. We hand-sewed pretty 6" squares together to make small quilts. When they started to get some pieces sewn together, the questions began: "What exactly do you call this?" (quilter's cotton fabric), and "How do you buy it?" and "How much does it cost?" "It's so nice and soft." "Do you have any more bright colored ones?" "Look, this one has birds." "Can you buy these already cut?" Everybody got a zip-lock bag with needles, thread, scissors and a pile of fabric squares that they chose. Next week I'll bring more bright ones. There were four students, but we'll have more next time I bet. How can you resist having that much fun sewing and chatting? One quilt will be for a new grandchild and another for the quilter's mother. Sweet.
The illustration is called "Summer Flowers" by John William Godward from Painting Here.