Beth Markel

Projects that take on a life of their own

Posted on February 12, 2021 by Beth Markel

The first week of January I had a complete knee replacement, and admittedly, it slowed me down some. I spent quite a bit of time sitting, sitting, sitting, some hand-stitching, but still sitting. Then more sitting!

After a couple of weeks (aside from PT) the inactivity was getting really old, so I tackled a pile of blocks made before the surgery but waiting to be pressed, and bless my DH’s Engineer heart, he set up a pressing station in my chair using a small travel ironing board. When I was able to walk to my studio and begin sewing last week, even for an hour a day, I had blocks to be assembled.

As a quilter, maker, artist, or even parent, you know that the journey is often the adventure, and this quilt has become another adventure for me. Much like my sister’s quilt of Mourning, which took on a life of it’s own, this has too.

I watch the news…chaos.

I listen to the radio…chaos.

I look at Washington, D.C….chaos.

I see pictures of Portland…chaos.

I hear about the mask debate…chaos.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed, so I sew, making a visual record and representation of what I see just about everywhere.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday this week:

New pairs sewn this morning…Friday

I’ll continue to work on this until I think it’s done, and yes, that’s ambiguous at best. Originally I thought this would be a 36″ x 36″ wall hanging for our office, but it’s already 36″ x 45″ and I believe it will continue to grow…significantly!

Make something today, and when you can be anything you want to be, be kind.





Colleen Monti on February 12, 2021

Impressive. Continue to heal.

Beth Markel on February 13, 2021

Thank you - on both counts!

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