by Anne Thevenot [Anne is a fibre artist. She joined the Collectif in February. Ed.]
This quilt is small, around 1meter square. The top is made from t-shirts and clothing once worn by the baby’s parents, embroidered pieces sent by the grandparents, drawings from two cousins, a Latvian design made by one great-grandmother and other fabrics from the collection of another great-grandmother. The back, binding and batting are scavenged materials. Pieces were machine sewn, then all layers were hand-quilted together.
I began sewing with my mum using a treadle machine on weekends and holidays in Glen Roy. Sewing has always been a comfort to me. My mum was a person who could sew, embroider, create and transform something ordinary into something astonishing. She taught me to make do with what I have.
That lesson served me well once I had my own children. I mended and refurbished clothes, made little bags and pillows for the kids’ friends and quilts for my family. After my return to Glengarry, mum and I continued to make wedding and baby quilts. We loved planning ahead, creating our own designs and giving a unique gift.
I love mending challenging pieces, such as damaged quilts, or the favourite clothes of friends. My preference is to use scavenged fabrics that I find here and there. I store them on my fabric shelf (not books!) that is organized according to colour.
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Anne, as your brother I’ve always been amazed at your creative energy and the beauty of the work you do!
I love the family story stitched into this quilt.
What a lovely, creative way to preserve family memories! I look forward to seeing more of your work.