Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bits and bobs: Spots quilt, Renegade Craft Fair, etc.

Spots quilt top

Are you getting tired of this one yet? I keep posting WIP photos, but really it hasn't changed that much. How much different does a Flickr picture of a quilt top fully seamed together look from the blocks laid out on my floor? At any rate, here it is—I actually finished it a few days ago. Just have to piece the leftovers together for the backing (I'm imposing a fabric embargo until the move) and it's off to the Mother for quilting. Though I'm tempted to start fiddling about with simple free-motion quilting on my own machine, but I'd need to practice first. I anticipate frustration.

screenprinted patches and pug pillow front from Renegade Craft Fair

Late mention, but Chonk and I went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn last weekend, which was great fun until it started pouring. Browsing was great, but I actually only bought a few things, all in the picture above. The Other has a thing for pugs, so Marty—the name of the screen-printed canvas according to Pillow Pillow Pillow—will become a pillow for him (finished pillow at the fair: $50. Print on raw fabric: $10. Score!). The patches by Fishcakes, also chunks of screen-printed canvas, will probably find their way into some appliquĂ© project eventually; cookie binges and grumpiness are both things the Other has been teasing me about recently.

Card Catalog quilt detail

Card Catalog quilt detail

Finally, they asked on Craftster to see some blocks from my Card Catalog quilt up close, so I thought I'd post them here too (I'm particularly liking the thread I neglected to clip in the top photo, as well as the not-quite-matched corners). As I recall, I had to fudge some of the bibliographic details; the records at the British Library were more complete than those at the Library of Congress. Well, that's probably more indicative of the data supplied by publishers than the relative merits of our national copyright libraries. Anyway, before I wax bibliographic for much longer than any of you care to read, I bid farewell.


Quilting Pirate said...

I love the card catalog blocks! Excellent!

Rebel said...

visiting from craftster... I love the Spots quilt, the colors & fabrics are awesome. I'm afraid of circles and don't think I'll even attempt them until I get the handle of getting square corners to meet up properly!

As for the 'free motion quilting'... yes, practice first! I just got the free-motion foot for my new machine and did a practice run, I thought it would be easy but OH MAN maybe it's just me (my machine doesn't have speed control), but I was all over the place. It's not as easy as it looks.

sammy_bunny said...

I really like the circles and colors of the spot quilt.

Mintyfresh said...

I love how when you hover the mouse over "Chonk," the title of the post it links to is "my two boyfriends." That gave me a giggle. (I know why that's the title, but I also know Chonk.)

Love the quilt! That white with blue flowery burst fabric is awesome.

Oh, and I found a basic bag i'm interested in . . . email to follow.

Amanda said...

I love the spots quilt! And I'm not sick of seeing it at all - keep the pictures coming. I love your balance of solids and patterns - you really did a wonderful job envisioning this!

And those patches - I'm going to be placing an order post haste - too funny - thanks for a a great source!

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