Hi. My name is Wilma, from Wilma's World. Thanks to Madam Samm for having me here today.
Just FYI, I have been quilting since 1978, when my sister sent me templates for a Mexican Star Quilt, and I cut them from blue jeans and sewed them together like you would sew a torn seam. It was too think to quilt, so I tied it. ( Old picture, it's on a waterbed!!!!) I went from strictly all hand piecing and hand quilting, to machine piecing and hand quilting, to machine piecing and quilting with a Juki on a frame. Quite a transition.
Like so many others, I wasn't sure what to talk about in this blog post, and had many different topics to choose from. But I chose this: My life in symbols.
A few years ago, I was challenged to make a self portrait quilt. What came to mind was a mosaic picture of myself or a piece with my picture on it somewhere, but that just didn't seem to tell much about me, except what I look like. So I went another direction. Here is what I made. I will explain each aspect, and hopefully you will learn a little more about me.
The background is the sky, as well as Tarheel blue, for NC.
The center square shows the things that are in the forefront of my life. The large AT symbol stands for the Appalachian Trail, of which I am a lover and supporter. I love nature, it brings me down to earth and makes me feel very humble. I think that nature also guides me in my choices in fabrics and colors, I don't look at the pattern per se, it just has to be pretty and make me feel happy.
The little red cross denotes my chosen profession, nursing, from which I retired in December after 32 years. ( I just can't say "retirement" enough, to which my regular blog readers can attest.)
The infinity symbol, with the D (Dave) and the W (Wilma) is for the enduring relationship I have with my husband. ( 38 years). He totally supports my quilting and is probably responsible for 80% of the spending I do on fabric.
The elderly people represent the fact that we live with Dave's elderly mother, who is 89. When I made the quilt, his step dad was still alive too, and was the reason we had to move in here.
The sun. Well, what can I say. I love the feel of the sun on my face, even in the dead of winter. I might have a few blemishes on my skin from earlier years, but if I couldn't go out in the sun, I might as well hang it up.
The little person on top of the mountain represents my love for hiking. At first glance of my physique, you wouldn't think I ever got off of the couch, but we hike at least once a week, weather permitting, for anywhere from 3-6 miles. Living in western North Carolina there is no end to the trails available. And the views from the higher elevations are spectacular. I always feel like Rocky when we get to the top. I even love hiking in the winter mainly because there are NO ticks and NO snakes.
The little waving quilt tells it all for me. Quilting is in every aspect of my life. If I see a pretty view, I think what a beautiful quilt it would make. I can't imagine my life without fabric and quilts. I have made at least 1 quilt for each of my family members and friends, and have dozens in piles here at home. My sister asks me what I am going to do with them. (Hmmm. I always thought that when the electric grid fails, I would trade them for food. Without electricity, people will need quilts for warmth......right? )
The symbols in the border show things that have shaped my life in other ways.
First, I am Buckeye at heart, always will be, even though I have come to love NC. Where you are born and bred is where your roots are, it can't be changed.
The ecology symbol represents my passion for this planet, and making it sustainable for all of our generations to come.
The dove....well everyone wants peace, don't they??
And golf. We all have to have one cross to bear, lol. I love golf, but it is a fickle friend, and messes with my head all the time. But it is outdoors, most of the courses are beautiful, and it is very good exercise.
So, this little wall hanging holds much more information about me than a picture ever could. Hopefully someday someone in my family will pull this out and have great insights into the life of Great Great Grandma Wilma, the one who made all the quilts. And with no picture, they will assume that I am beautiful!!!
I challenge you to make a self portrait quilt for yourself. Future quilting generations will be glad you did.