Sunday, April 26, 2015

a few (very few) finishes

Two over-sized bottles of nail polish -- a wall hanging & a pillow cover, both gifts for friends.

And a quilt I will be entering for consideration to hang in a display of modern quilts at the Texas Quilt Museum. I call it "Off The Grid".

When I'm gone

Recently, Joe Cunningham wrote a post about being asked by the husband of a quilting friend to come help deal with things in her quilting studio. The friend had not died, but was in nursing care with Alzheimer's disease & would never again make a quilt. Very sad in itself, but really, truthfully, there will come a time when each of us will be physically or mentally unable to continue doing our passion. The hard fact is: that's Life. In the comments, many offered sympathy for the disappearance of his friend, ideas for how to deal with her things & commiseration on all our eventualities when the contents of our quilting rooms would need to be dispersed. But the thing I found so sad was among the comments: one woman said she now only made quilts that she thought her children & grandchildren would like to inherit, not "following her muse" & it had taken the joy from her quilt-making. Now that is just tragic!

Shug & I have 3 nieces & a nephew, all sweet fans of their Aunt's quilts. In a way, this simplifies things for me -- that is, I don't expect my quilts to be absorbed by them. I'm sure they will each take some -- to use, to display, just for sentiment -- but I'm certain some will end up being sold & scattered to the winds.

I'm OK with that! Because I am also certain there will be someone like myself who will happen upon one of my quilts & it will speak to them: "This would make great dog bedding." "This would be useful to keep in the car for emergencies." "This would make a cute picnic blanket." "This would go perfectly in the guest room." "This would look beautiful on the family room wall." *Someone* will love & adopt my quilts like I love & adopt quilts. They will never know who made it, maybe wonder about me, but my quilt will be at home in their home.

To whit, my latest adoption: this sweet, simple log cabin. I would guess it dates to the late 40s to early 50s. There are a few feed sack fabrics, a flannel, a pique & quite a few woven plaids & stripes. It is hand-quilted, has a grass-green backing. I can't tell what's in the middle of this quilt sandwich, not batting, maybe flannel, maybe nothing (though the weight suggests something).
I really could not love it more.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Not all who wander are lost

I'm sure you've been losing sleep over my slow quilting start this year.

Neither have I, but I have been giving it quite a bit of thought. What I have come to realize is -- last year was an anomaly, not the standard I need to maintain. 2014 was strange -- I felt so compelled to sew & make! Things have slowed down considerably -- one finished quilt (no photos yet) & two finished minis to gift -- a pillow & a hanging (photos soon).

I've been sewing & sewing, but somehow it feels directionless. The rote assembly of parts is making me happy right now. And, boy, do I have parts to assemble! The shirting flying geese continue to amass (a gaggle of geese). I've made a quilt's worth of spools (what does one call a group of spools? a tangle?) -- 20 spools (actually, 21, oops, one for the back). The next-to-the-last pale, scrappy plus (an addition of pluses? sorry, I'll stop now) is on the design door. And! I now have one more than the original 4 pluses made with my parents' shirts!

As I sew, I've been thinking about where I am quilt-making-wise & where I want to go. I really want to diminish my UFOs & WIPs & I *really* want to Sew! My! Stash! I have SO MUCH fabric, so much BEAUTIFUL fabric. When I poke through it, I find wonderful things I had forgotten I had -- I want to sew & enjoy these fabrics while I can sew & enjoy them! Quilts to keep, quilts to give, quilts, quilts, QUILTS!

To that end, I pulled out a layer cake of Mary Engelbreit fabrics & am having fun with a new-to-me method -- the disappearing 4-patch.