Monday, February 16, 2009

What mistakes?

' "Mistakes" may be acceptable, or not seen as mistakes at all but welcomed as an integral component of craftsmanship. Odessa Doby's daughter, Wanda Jones (Berkely, California), says that when she was learning to quilt and would make a mistake, her mother would say:

It's nothin about makin' it a little different. It's still the same pattern. You just added somethin' of your own to it.'

 - From Eli Leon's Who'd a Thought It: Improvisation in African -American Quiltmaking (San Francisco Craft & Folk Museum, 1987)

Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, 1911-1991
 "Housetop"-- "Logcabin" variation, ca. 1935
Cotton, rayon, 84 x 79 inches 

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