Avaland's Quilts & other Creative Projects for 2021, PT 2
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Pics taken with my 35 mm camera rather than the iphone....
It's NOT made to be admired hung, so I have less concern with very light/very dark values...beyond a reasonable distribution of both. I'll take a peek at the B&W of the photos and see if there is some placements that bug me.
It's 128 half blocks, making 64 blocks in an 8 x 8 block arrangement.
Dark/light distribution looks fairly even to me, maybe a little more light on the left side.
I'm currently reading a satirical/humorous novel by Lydia Millet titled Mermaids in Paradise. It's about a couple who get married and then honeymoon in the British Virgin Islands and see mermaids.... There's a lot to chuckle about in the telling.
Other books read this quarter are:
Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah (novel, 1996 UK/Zanzibar)
Purge by Sofi Oksanen (novel, 2010, Estonia)
Indemnity Only by Sarah Paretsky (crime novel, 1990)
How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope edited by James Crews (2021)
We are having a rainy, wet Memorial Day weekend. I can't tell you how wonderful it is :-) I can curl up with a book or sew for as long as I wish, without guilt over not getting to the outdoor work.
I have sewn together 40 of the 64 blocks in the quilt above. I love to finish the others today and start on sewing the blocks into rows. It would be really nice to have the top all together by the end of Monday.
I also set aside my other reading, to read a short, just-right-for-the-weekend mystery by a Moroccan author—The Final Bet by Abdelilah Hamdouchi (young handsome impoverished man marries rich 70+ woman. She is found murdered in her bed, did he do it?)
Finished the short Moroccan crime novel, and the mostly humorous, Mermaids in Paradise. I have returned to the latest collection of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, and at bedtime I'm reading a novel Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.
Sadly, I have not been able to finish those last two seams yet. Too many diversions. Maybe tomorrow....
I have considered letting them stay as is as a testament to my imperfection, or because mentally I am sooo done with this quilt top, but I will probably pick it apart and fix it. First, I have to figure out where in the process the error occurred (I would prefer to pick out two blocks than four HSTs....)
And after, the studio needs a good cleaning, some reorganizing and a nice airing when the weather is right.
How Iceland Changed the World: The Big History of a Small Island by Egill Bjarnson (2021, nonfiction, Iceland)
"The (Other) You: Stories" by Joyce Carol Oates (short fiction, 2021)
Migrations: A Novel by Charlotte McConaghy (2020, bedtime reading)
Midden: Poems by Julia Bouwsma (poetry, 2016, Maine history)
As for sewing plans... I've put up the simple batik quilt on the board and will finish putting that together at some point. But the room needs a good cleaning and reorganizing, and perhaps I can let go of some stuff. I might need a new cutting table as my old one is getting very wobbly and the screws will not longer tighten.
Annoyingly, he doesn't wear his handknits (sweaters, socks, necktie) much at all, despite having requested them. Between us, I've decided he may not be "knit-worthy" ...
I spent some of yesterday cleaning in the studio and reshuffling rather than reorganizing. I usually enjoy re-organizing the fabrics piles by color but I was rather impatient about it this time. Today, if it rains as it says it will, I will continue. I'm a bit terrified to add up all the quilt tops which need finishing (by me or a machine quilter), but it must be done. There also should be some 'letting go' of stuff...
Apparently a bear went through the gardens (well, one of them) recently. It seemed one of the recently filled (and sifted) garden boxes had depressions in it about the size of bear prints (I don't know what else would make those). I have decorative fencing to go around the garden when I get that last LARGE box filled (the asparagus). Won't stop a determined bear but it might deter one less so.
None of these have to be done for any specific occasion but I would like to clean up the backlog.
Thus, still cleaning and resorting the studio (I keep getting interrupted....)
Here's one of those interruptions now!
Do you piece your backings? I have a fair amount of leftover backings scraps and have been thinking about that -- at least for some of the quilts. I try now to be a bit more selective so the leftovers are more usable (i.e. off-white/natural prints scraps I can use in my quilts...the above quilt being an example). Still, I have some that just doesn't seem to go with much else...
You know, I've never made a flannel quilt.
>39 scaifea: Thanks, Sun, green grass, and an 8 month old cutie, what's not to like :-)
Those aren't heavily pieced and are tied rather than quilted, though - they use all
donated materials, whatever they get. (They're often used for things like floor coverings in camps.) I can see why you might care more about matching fabric texture on other kinds of quilts.
What a beautiful distraction!
My husband and I went out to see a bathroom 'showroom' to begin our renovation of both bathrooms in the house (we've renovated two kitchens but this will be our first bathroom!) We don't expect to have any contractors around until November. But while we were in the area, we went to a "Savers" store (for those not familiar, Savers is a for-profit store that resells used items), so I could look for sheets for backings. They need to be full-size sheets to back a 60x60" quilt. I found a set and one single, so that was three; but...I also found 4 yards of 60 inch wide cotton fabric, a yellow smiley icon motif on a background. So, that would work up for two more battings.
We also had a quick lunch INSIDE for the first time since maybe Feb or Mar 2020!
(Meanwhile my sister has visited the local independent thrift store and bought an entire pile of circular knitting needles that are apparently mine now whether I want them or not...)
By the way, I can't imagine doing a burn test in Savers, could you? Funny thought.
>44 dudes22: Thankfully, there is no tile in these bathrooms for me to deal with it. I'm not sure if I will put any in yet.
>45 melannen: I don't go to Savers expecting to find yardage, but sometimes I can find 100% cotton men's shirting or a woman's garment I can cut up. And the sheets. I feel the need to mix up my scraps --- quilting fabric has a certain look to it, and I like to mess with it. I also like to mix cotton fabric from different eras. The calicos from the 70s and 80s, for instance.
I go to the GoodWill store more frequently as it's only 5 miles away, I go slowly through their linens sections, sometimes there is a table runner, apron or some sma ll curtains that can be salvaged.
>46 sallypursell: Sally, the smiley face fabric I got was the first actual yardage I have found at Savers, so I can't speak for it generally. It seemed they didn't have as much in that section than I remember from 'before". Melannen is perhaps a better advisor on the subject than I.
I do miss quilt shows. I didn't go to many but I liked shopping at the vendor's tables :-) I'm pretty much a small-piece buyer these days, fat quarters and smaller.
Betty was that in Worcester?
Here is my little front garden:
The obelisk replaced a half dead "gnome" tree (so often used in landscaping, ugh).
There's a small pond in the back of our house and while this community is being built, not much is being done as they are still dredging sand/clay from the bottom. My husband decided this year to plant the bank in back of our house with wild flowers and plants he's moved from other places. (i.e. daisies). He also dug out steps to get down the bank.
There's always some gardening project, isn't there?
>59 scaifea: I'm glad you like it! The shutters are actually blue-violet, the doors yellow-green...and if I need to add to that, I would add red-orange to complete the color triad. I couldn't do anything about the house color because it's gray vinyl siding.
I still think about the 8 quilts waiting for quilting, although no new projects beyond the charity quilts that need to be done.
Hope the rest of you are enjoying the summer.
As for the bookshop - "Old Number Six Book Barn" in Henniker, NH. This is the main part of the barn, first floor (there are also all manner of nooks and crannies)
And this is the 2nd floor, all nonfiction, We estimate the shelves to be 11 or 12 feet high (there are an abundance of ladders for the brave). Between the two of us we took away 6 or 7 books.
We had an early lunch at the "Pancake House" as our favorite restaurant wasn't serving lunches anymore :-(
Where is the quilt shop?
>65 dudes22: His books there are not inexpensive. Most modern books are probably half their original price, older books more. The Wit and Wisdom of George Eliot from 1886 went for $12.50 but I bought some Sara Paretsky and Michael bought some SF for $3.75 each. MaggieO, who is sometimes here in the Neddlearts group, bought some old needlework books there when she visited with me.
There is another bookshop next town north, but we only went there once some years back. That one is "Books by the Lake" in Bradford, NH http://www.conknet.com/~bksbylake/
The third shop is south of Henniker in Weare, "Boomer's Books" and he carries military books and science fiction.
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