Fiber Artists are always saying “I need to or I just cleaned up my studio” True to form, I say the same thing and sometimes I do it. On Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 I actually did clean ONE draw in my studio. It had lots of Black and White fabric scraps. Some of them from my “Marriage is Seldom Black and White, but many shades of Grey” quilt.
This quilt was in the 2014 Windham Textile & History Museum’s – “Inspiration Quilts – Then & Now” – 25th Anniversary Show 1989-2014. Other fabric scraps were from a diptych titled “What Size Were You?” shown in “Line Dances: Quilts by Catherine Whall Smith –
A 20 year Retrospective 1991-2011 ” exhibit in 2012 at the UConn Library and Dodd Center. Each scrap had no real value right now – to small, etc. – but then I saw this piece (see below)
It was what I now call the “corona virus” fabric. Which quilt was it from – “Marriage” or “What Size”? – So I hunted through the quilts rolled up and stored in part of my 3rd floor studio – took out the “What Size were You” quilt. And, THERE it was – the “Corona Virus fabric” – (detail shown below) sooooo this fabric could be at least 10 years old!!If I knew then what I know now. Looking back is always interesting. Recently, someone posted on Facebook “Mask it . . . Or Casket” referencing the 2001 campaign, which did work, to get people to wear seat belts titled the “Click it . . . Or Ticket” program. Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio