In praise of… crafts

From Milly to the Textiliste, three cheers to the work and beauty of quilters!

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Jennie Fitzee blogs about life as an elementary school teacher – if you don’t yet know her. Recently she’s run a series of posts about the genesis of two delightful classroom quilts inspired by her children and created by a talented quilter, Milly. Start here and follow the story. You have to be moved, especially when the Governor of Massachusetts bows before her talent.

Anyway, I thought, inspired by reading these I should do my own post on the power and beauty in quilting. These are the epitome of craft skills yet the artistic element – given many quilts have both form and function – is sometimes lost.

I have to admit a bias. The Textiliste – the clue is in the title – is a quilter of skill, imagination and compassion.

Compassion? Yes, indeed. Like so many, like Milly their efforts are to benefit others beyond themselves. During lockdown…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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22 Responses to In praise of… crafts

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice reblog, Jennie. I left a Like on Tan’s blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Don Ostertag says:

    Tan has good taste, Jennie.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this, Jennie. I had for a long while followed Geoff’s blog but life forced me to cut back on my personal reading time so I let it go for a while. I just signed back up so maybe I’ll see more of his wife’s beautiful work. I so loved Millie and she will be missed forever.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you liked this, Marlene. I believe the quilts were made by his mother. I know what you mean about cutting back. We need more hours in the day, plus more energy. I dearly miss Milly!

      • I think there is a special place in heaven for quilters like Milly. I’ve always needed more hours in a day which is why I get up at 4 a.m. No one around and I get a lot done. 😉 Energy? What’s that? 😉

      • Jennie says:

        I throw you into that group of quilters with a special place for you in heaven. 💕 I also love being the first one up in the morning.

  4. A wonderful article, by Geoff. I didn’t think, this would be such a great tradition in the Anglo-American world. I remember it from here, to a lesser extent. But more from tapestries from the Middle Ages. Its great! xx Michael

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