I had to walk away from my sewing room for a spell, so I went to the library and found this wonderful book:
These two, Helen and Scott Nearing, lived an amazing journey through life guided by good sense, moral conviction, determination and hard work. I had to go buy a copy of the book because I want to savor it.
I also happen on Asylum by Christopher Payne. His collection of amazing photographs of America's decaying state hospitals is accompanied by Oliver Sack's essay on the history of the system that created them.
|St. Joseph, Missouri State Hospital (Kirkbride building) from Asylum by Christopher Payne.|
I was amazed at the scope of state hospitals before litigation took away residents' right to livelihoods (most state hospitals were self-sustaining communities) and the self respect residents' may have been able to gain from meaningful contribution to the community in which they lived.
I had no idea straight jackets came in colors. I find them beautiful lined up like this. They may have been made by hospital seamstresses (residents) working in the hospital's sewing room.
|From the book Asylum by Christopher Payne.|
|Picture from the book Asylum by Christopher Payne.|
After the reading break, I went back to my own private sewing room where I got a little help from my Joey.
"We" got the quilting done.
(No animals were harmed in the creation of this quilt.)
The binding cut and sewn on.
In time to take to Spirited Quilters' on Tuesday night.
One UFO down!
We are so happy!