I’ve taken a break from the More family sampler to help out with some other textile projects. In the process I’ve re-learned how to sew in a straight line and grown to appreciate just how much work goes into any hand-sewn project (particularly a quilt). Several people on the interpretive staff are working together to make a log-cabin-patterned quilt. The quilt will be made up of seven sets of squares; each square is predominantly one color and we are making seven squares of each color. This is called scrap quilting because we use scraps of fabric that are left over from making clothing and other items. After Gwen gave me a brief introduction to the project, I began cautiously sewing together the rectangular pieces of fabric and slowly pieced together a completed square. I have gradually increased in speed and skill, and after a couple of weeks I could even continue to sew in a straight line while conversing with visitors as they watched me sew. Once we complete all 49 squares, we will sew them all together into a quilt that we’ll use on one of the beds in the historic village.