As I prepare for travelling to the United States for the holidays, I am crossing things off my to do list:
- the latest issue of the Serendipity Studio Newsletter has been dispatched to subscribers;
- instructions have been sent off to Quilters Companion for a new project in 2014;
- broad bean seeds have been planted and will hopefully survive while we are away;
- US orders for Modern Quilts DVD & Magazine: Improvising Using Stacks of Solids are packed – be quick, tomorrow (5 December) is the last day to place an order for US delivery;
- threads have been tested for hand stitching project to take with me; and
- Christmas shopping and gift-making is complete. I always enjoy hand stitching bindings but this stripe made me especially happy. It’s the finishing touch on a quilt made for my five year old niece as she graduates to her “big” bed. I had forgotten, if I ever knew, just how big a single bed quilt is. This one covers the entire surface of a queen size bed.
We have been without an internet connection (apart from a 3G dongle and iPad) for over 48 hours and will not see restoration until Monday at the earliest. Fortunately, the radio and sewing machine still work so I have been able to complete some more “X ” blocks for a quilt for my five year old niece. There’s another row across the top but it doesn’t fit on my design wall.
Before the gay marriage equality logo went viral on social media last month, it was already a familiar motif to me, albeit in a different context. Back in 2007-2008, when I was developing designs for my Power Stripping workshop, I made this quilt that I called “Power Points” because the motif recalled an electricity outlet or wall plug:
My quilt is made from a gay rainbow of colours but the pattern could be easily adapted to the reds and pinks of the marriage equality logo.Â Take a look at Kristin la Flamme’s Equality Wedding Quilt (made from her own pattern) to get an idea of how it might look.
While I am down that way, I will also be giving a presentation to the evening Guild meeting on Thursday, 5 July 2012 (7.15pm for 8pm at Burnside Community Centre, Portrush Road, Burnside). Come along if you can, I am sure that visitors are welcome.
I’ll be borrowing the infamous pink suitcase from the Beneath the Southern Sky travelling exhibition, so that I can share a bigger selection of my quilts “in the cloth”. Even then, I am constrained by luggage limits so I’m putting together a digital slideshow. I admit that my spreadsheet listing of projects is not quite up to date (ahem) but I do have a photographic record of every single one of the hundreds of quilts that I have made over the years. No retrospective would be complete without mentioning the very first quilt that I made over the 1984/85 summer holidays before I moved into my first university group house:
I am rather fond of this utilitarian quilt made from seersucker offcuts rescued from the local clothing factory. It was made without a rotary cutter or reference to any quilting resources. It is quilted with large basting stitches in the ditch through a dense sheet backing and it has survived decades of service relatively intact. I can only hope that my other bed quilts fare as well. Composition-wise, it is not so very far removed from some of the linear art quilts I make today.
I echo the sentiments on the Peppermint Patch Quilts Facebook page, where Tracey writes:
We all started somewhere. I’m never embarrassed by my old quilts. I had to make them and learn something so I could make this one and the next one…
How do you feel about your first quilt when you look back at it?
With his closest living relatives arriving from the US any day now, the Laundry King has been undertaking a cleaning frenzy around Casa da Praia with a modicum of assistance on my part. Our guest room gets lots of morning sun so generally I leave a sacrificial Ken Done doona cover in place. However, the arrival of
guests family is always a good reason to pull out the “quilt menu” (a la hotels”pillow menus”) from which I selected Synchronicity:
My studio, alas, remains a disaster zone. Let’s see how much I can clean up in one day.
It is the 10th anniversary of Quilters Companion magazine and inside Issue #49 you will find my classic quilt project Stepping Out. Based on a Victorian floor tile design, Stepping Out escapes from black and white into the glorious colour of Kaffe Fassett prints.
I confess that I do not have any photos of the completed quilt – something I’ll rectify when I get home. In the meantime, this work in progress shot gives you an idea of how this project turns out. Grab a copy at your newsagent today!
The postal system has yet to deliver my complimentary/contributor copy of 500 Art Quilts but the mail box today yielded other treats including this “designer roll” of 48, 2 1/2in selvedge to selvedge strips of Kaffe Fassett fabrics:
As you can see, I purchased my roll from Hancocks of Paducah but they are widely available and perfect for my “Power Stripping” projects such as Kaffe Tapestry. Indeed, I am proposing to make up a new teaching sample for my Power Strippingworkshop using ONLY the strips. Fortunately, there’s a reasonable (60/40) mix of darker and lighter values and, with around 3 metres of fabric, there is plenty to make a fun quilt top:
By the way, I’m teaching a Power Stripping workshop at the Australasian Quilt Convention and there are just a couple of places left. Be quick!
When we arrived at our family accommodation at San Francisco, the guest bed was made up with a different quilt. Gone were the suffolk puffs from vintage scraps. In its place was a rose applique quilt with big stitch quilting made by one of the Laundry King’s aunts:
Here’s a close up:
One of my friends seems to think this may be a kit design from the 1950s. If you have any insights, please leave a comment. In the meantime, sleeping under a pink quilt helps me get into a pink groove for the first Twelve by Twelve Colourplay reveal on 12 December (US time) when our pink-inspired works will appear online.
It’s been a B&B (borders and basting) day. Somehow the fabric I printed last month with Prints Charming has turned into an 80x80in bed quilt. The border fabric wasn’t exactly what I had in mind but the colours work and, quite serendipitously, the repeat on the stripe fitted my centre perfectly so that could mitre the corners. I’m planning on hand quilting this one with some bright perle threads. An added bonus is that it will keep me warm while I’m quilting.