Sunday, March 25, 2007

Flamingos and strips

flamingo appliqué

I was racing to get the eyeball sewn onto the Other's flamingo before the sun went down, but I finished around dusk, so once again the photo is pretty washed out. But nevertheless, the quilt top is done! I quite enjoyed the appliqué and will be doing more soon, I'm sure. The bird was supposed to get a wing, as the original design indicates, but the fabrics I had left were going to stand out too much, so the Other and I agreed to skip it. I'm thinking of asking the Mother to give some feathery details to the big body section when she's quilting—we're going to use pink thread, so it'd balance out the eye. I'm so excited to get the quilt top in the mail—fire up the machine, Mother!

why we preshrink

I've also been cutting up strips for my next quilt, Column Inches. I dutifully washed and dried all the fabric before slicing it, and good thing too. Half the fabric shrunk to a couple inches narrower than the other half—the selvage strips in the photo are aligned at the fold. The quilt needs wide strips, which I'll be sewing together and chopping up to insert vertical bars, so it looks like I'll need to add some more aqua strips to the selvage pieces I've cut, since they're only 38 inches wide and need to accommodate several seam allowances (this is another bed-sized quilt). EQ6 isn't really set up for the type of quilt I have in mind, so I can't show you a picture of what I'm thinking—I'm sure my written description could hardly be more confusing. It also means I'm flying blind a little myself; it should be intriguing to let the fabric speak for itself.

strips for the newest quilt

Who knew there were so many shades of aqua fabric? Aqua and green, that is, but only very specific shades of green. I've been collecting these solids from all over the country, along with text prints for the vertical bars. It's about time to empty them all out of my closet. Watch this space to see what the hell I'm on about with this quilt.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Unearthed from the basement

art glass and dishes from my great aunt's house

My great aunt passed away a couple weeks ago, so the Mother went up to help sort out the treasure trove of stuff she'd amassed in her basement. Aunt Mary's basement was legendary when I was growing up—linens, clothes, antiques, and probably the lost city of Atlantis were down there. She was a lot of fun, and I wish I'd known her better.

The Mother rescued some of the linens from the basement and put the things in the photo aside for me. The glass bowl is really a deep ashtray, perfect for my collection of blobtastic, somewhat creepily shaped art glass. I already have several pieces in this color, but they're all taller, so this will be a nice contrast.

Even better is the unassuming aqua bowl in the background. It's the Fashion Shape sugar bowl from the Midwinter Modern series of dishes, of which I've collected the teapot, coffeepot, cups and saucers, various plates, and a cream jug in the Cassandra pattern. The creamer had come with the coffeepot, so it was pure luck that the Mother happened across the one piece I needed to complete the tea service. I should really post some photos of the other pieces, since the sugar bowl doesn't even hint at the deliciously graceful curves of the rest of the series. The spare teapot lid is an extra score.

Less soda, more tea for me, I think.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A visit from the Other

Hurrah! At the last minute, the Other decided to come visit this week.

face plate

We've been having a splendid time, and when we had some people over on the weekend, I was finally able to use the sunshiny face plates I'd picked up at a thrift shop. I don't know anything about the designer or manufacturer (the back just says "Trend Setter Collection"), but the plate reminded me of Alexander Girard's suns.