Thursday, June 27, 2019
A small project -- finished!
Yesterday I finished a small "commission" -- from my sister, to make a piece of liturgical linen for her church. It is 26 inches square, made to cover a funeral urn on the altar if the decedent has been cremated. She's going to have a butterfly, symbol of new life, machine-embroidered on it (although I offered to hand-stitch one -- she probably thought it would take me forever, which is probably true).
I asked if she needed new linen and she said no, a repurposed piece would be just fine, and symbolically appropriate. So I rooted around in my stash and found a beautiful old tablecloth, with a woven pattern of roses and stripes, acquired from who-knows-where, obviously well-used in its past life because the hemstitching is frayed and there are a few faint stains. But I found a large enough clean patch in the middle to cut my square. Actually, I tore it, because I wanted to make sure it was on grain.
I cut it four inches bigger so I could turn back one-inch hems. Pressed carefully, mitered the corners of the hems and stitched them shut so they would not gap after being washed and pressed.
Maybe this will give me the impetus to work on another sewing-machine project -- maybe an actual quilt.