The Quilt Life
January 9, 2024
You know what it’s like to walk through a store and see something and think “I want that!”
Then you look at the price tag and think, “But I don’t want it that bad!”
Meh — I’ve been doing this for the last several years with old ladders in antique malls. You know, the ones designed to hold blankets for display.
I love, love, love the look, but I’m simply too cheap to buy one, especially when I knew there was bound to be an old ladder in one of the barns around the farm. Besides, stopping by a big box craft store to buy a new ladder that’s designed to look like an old ladder didn’t seem to be in the spirit of things.
You know — the quilting spirit — where you sew a whole bunch of bits of old fabric together to make something new and lovely out of what was scraps.
So, a couple of weeks ago I was driving my dad’s old farm truck, and I stopped by the barn on the old home place part of the farm and started poked. Surely someone must have used a ladder at some time over the last almost 200 years?
Turns out I was right!
Doesn’t it seem in keeping with the quilting spirit to take an old ladder thick with dirt, scrub it up, cut it to size, and find a new and happy purpose for it?
That’s exactly what I did as I “rung” in the new year yesterday afternoon covering those old ladder rungs with quilts I’ve made.
What a way to start the new year!
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