Tonight I spoke with Dr. Gaither for over an hour about Trails Tracks Tarmac and how that quilt project came together. I was particularly interested in how the quilting sessions began and grew to include several quilters who continue to come and work on each of Dr. Gaither's quilts. She talked about the communal aspect of creating her works by recounting an anecdote one of the quilters told her. "Estella summed it up when her husband reminded her that she had retired from sewing and asked why she was now going to a gathering focused on sewing. She responded that it is not the same. It is very different - it’s the social aspect, the camaraderie, the spirit of the group, telling stories, and laughter."
Dr. Gaither continued by talking about the traditional communal aspect of quilting, commenting
"[Communal quilting] is in my mind - the sometimes not much thought of part of quilting. You did piecing inside in the winter and when the nicer weather arrived, women came together to share stories, news, discuss things to be done. Look at all we were able to take care during the short period of time. The quilters come with an open heart in hand to help finish the project. I was so happy to see everybody. I miss the joy and the energy and synergy that takes place when that group comes together. These are women who are so different in many ways and so similar in many ways, united through a sense of community and coming together that is an important aspect of what we do. It is for purely selfish reasons that I ask them to come back because I get such joy from the laughter as a story teller. Look at all the networking, connecting people to new ideas and projects in the community which leads to new work in the community."
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