I had some beautiful fancy silk fabrics that I purchased from a quilt show a few years back and randomly pieced them together and attached them to a backing of heavily textured woven fabric that I snagged from Kent's grandmother's collection.
I took my favorite doilies and carefully arranged them on top of the silks. Believe it or not I'm NOT quilting this! I want the texture and beauty of the silks and the doilies to speak for themselves. If you quilt lace you destroy it's texture and beauty.
I always "doo-dee" up the backs of my quilts and decided this would be a fabulous way to create a hanging sleeve for this piece. I took a piece of taupe-green linen fabric and arranged four more lace doilies on top of it. I didn't cut them at the top edge..I merely folded them over the sleeve and then stitched my binding down over the top of them.
I have to share RaNae's letter with all of you. It still gives me bumps...
"Going through these today was like falling in love again. I think you will probably understand when you pick up each one and admire it. When I contemplate the sheer number of hours of women's patient, painstaking work I am in awe of what this box contains. And not just the hours--the care, the attention, the friendships, and yes, certainly, the prayer (I was told they were made by nuns). What a treasure is contained in this box.
They all came from Buenos Aires, where I purchased them on a trip in the early 2000's. I remember my first trip was in 2001 (I returned just one week before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center). I think I went again in 2003 and it might have been on that trip when I found these.
I think creating more beauty with these would be the best way to honor our sisters who made them".
Yours in quilting~ RaNae Merrill