I love unexpected quilters, crafters, and artists. You never know who will take up a craft or art and do a spectacular job.
What most surprised me this week was the fun feature article in the Wall Street Journal, “Idle Pastime: In Off Hours, Truckers Pick Up Stitching.” The story focuses on truckers, who now have more “downtime” due to the weak economy and changes in shipping practices. Between hauls, some of them have started quilting and knitting. The article shines a spotlight on a trucker who quilts in the “cab” with a sewing machine set up right inside. It also describes a trucker who knits, and there’s a great photo of the bald-headed, tattooed gentleman making a sweater for his wife in the seat of his truck!
My favorite part: the wife who set up her husband with a sewing machine for quilting: “I created a monster.”
I’d love to see some of these guys turn up at my next quilting class…. Usually, I’m the “odd” one, greener than most and much less experienced than lots of other folks. But I keep on truckin’ 🙂
Speaking of “odd” – I am now piecing an “Odd Fellows Chain Block.” I’ve been trying to research why it is called that; it must have something to do with the Society of Odd Fellows. Here’s a 19th-century album (applique) quilt with Odd Fellows themes, but it looks nothing like my block, which still lacks its cornerstones:
This is part of a new project I just began: a mini quilt, small enough to fit on a fat quarter. I love this project because it’s so small and cute. It’s almost a miniature… More to follow. Meanwhile, the orange peel blocks are growing slowly: