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Friday, August 3, 2007

The Reckoning......

To speak of reckoning in 2007 is to use an almost obsolete form of a word indicating action of gathering up, counting or tallying. It means "to measure", to judge, to weigh as in a decision. A big aspect of working with oprphan blocks is the 'reckoning'. Do you have enough? As with many things, you can't do much without "enough". Can't furnish a home or school, can't make much of a meal...you can eat, but a meal requires there be somewhere close to 'enough'. And so it would have been with the orphans of the Children's Aid Societies back in the 1800's. You couldn't send a train westward without a full 'load' of children for placement. There was expense involved in transporting these children. The Aid Societies were dependent on private financial donations. I also take donations....*VBS* As I began to work with the orphans I currently have, I'm lucky to have a lovely box full of "parts, bits and orphans galore" from San at Gypsy Quilter . I will add it to our sidebar. She's got a really great quilt posted called Kitchen Sink #1. I love it! Do stop over and say "hi and welcome to blogland"...*VBS* San was onboard early with her Tote Bag quilt...look for it under her name on the Volunteers list. It will link you to the post I made about her quilt. The leftovers from the Tote Bag Quilt are in my box from San...fun!!
I think each of us approaches working with odd sized blocks differently. There are only so many ways it can be done. I tend to be a 'puzzle maker' type. I sew two 'parts' together, and then add something else. I DON'T lay the blocks out and decide where they go...LOL Probably would be better if I did that!! Jack the Ripper is always close at hand to help me..*VBS*

4 comments:

San / Gypsy Quilter said...

Hmmm, I do believe I recognize a few of those blocks. And that blue Jinny Beyer fabric (the stripes) that must be almost 20 years old. So by the time it's done, part of it will be an antique and much more valuable.

Quilting Journey said...

Just reading this post, Finn, made me feel just how those little Orphan Train orphans...the real ones, must have felt standing before the town folk and being looked up and down and the 'reckoning' on them, being taken. It just really makes it hit home...just what that life, those fears, that sense of being all alone except for the other orphans...you've captured that feeling for me..totally. It's sad and it's hard. I'm glad that people like you have big hearts for orphans of all kinds :)

YankeeQuilter said...

I am gathering my orphans...amazing how many are hiding between the fatquarters and patterns! Maybe they don't want to be in a quilt? We'll see...

Linda_J said...

I've got the starts of one in the works--and my mom is sending more "ammunition", LOL. As if the Belles and I didn't have enough laying around.........should be fun.

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