|Image: Mary Englelbreit|
Text: Dick Sattler
Sometimes, working away each day, it feels like 'same old, same old'.
I find myself wondering if my DH -- or anyone who's lived with T1D for several years -- ever felt this way.
Daily blood testing.
Daily urine testing.
Daily dietary monitoring.
Daily insulin injections.
Daily adjustments to activity.
Daily living. Period.
For me? Just daily stitching -- and if I miss a day, I can make up for it the next. Not so with T1D. No second chances there. It's just so daily.
Mix it up a bit? Not so much.
But with stitching, yes... maybe a bit...
I've decided to add a couple of 'sub-projects' to this piece I'm creating, which will turn it into...more of an "installation".
And one of these 'subs' will actually (I hope!) make it a participatory project.
Here's the idea:
To anyone who is interested, I'll send a small quilt sandwich (a pair of 2 1/2" squares of fabric, with batting sandwiched between them) and some coloured embroidery floss -- red, blue or flesh-coloured, as in the "main" piece. The sandwich will be stitched together about 1/4" from each edge. All the recipient has to do is fill the centre of the square -- inside the "borders" -- with stitching using the floss (one or two strands at a time will be enough, but I'll send you a length of 6 strands). The stitching can be any size, and can be random or orderly, straight little lines or an "X" or a French knot. (No stripes, please!)
Once stitched, the square should be returned to me (I'll provide an addressed envelope but the postage is up to you). The squares will then be assembled into a second "MOB" figure...one that you've created, one that reflects the road on which you or someone you know and love, living with T1D, is travelling. Oh, and it would be really great if you could sign it (initials are fine) and date it somewhere on the piece.
Yes, there needs to be a deadline. August 9, 2016, marks the end of the stitching portion of this project -- all parts of it. After that will come assembly and finishing and trying to put it out into the wider world.
So...August 9, 2016, will be the deadline for me to receive all the wee squares for inclusion in this second part of the MOB project.
Interested? Leave a comment on this blog (with a link so I can contact you) or send me a private e-mail: margblank AT xplornet DOT ca.