Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Almost done.... it just keeps going and going and going....

Monday, February 22, 2010

The purple quilt.... is virtually done, the layers just need to be quilted together. I am not a "true" quilter and this was just turned/flipped. I have realized how my tendancy to procrastinate rears its ugly head most when it's a task I don't want to do or - as in this case - am afraid will not turn out "just like it looks in my imagination", as my dear daughter said years ago when she was much younger and feared a new dress or project I was going to make her would not match the image in her head. But I've practiced the free motion work and am ready to take it on, finish it up, and send it to my dear childhood friend (who I met on my 10th birthday - what a gift!) Jackie.... who loves anything purple and has no idea it is coming her way ;)

Meanwhile I've had the pleasure of being in the San Francisco area visiting my daughter at school the last few days. What a gift it is when your kid asks you to stay longer to hang out more!!! The gift of the layoff is that - I can. So off we were to the fabric store yesterday and today I am a "slave" (with pleasure) to the sewing machine (my dear old Pfaff which she was given for her 21st birthday in fall, how handy to have a great machine on hand to sew on while visiting!) to whip out her new tops. After our mother/daughter photo session.
What a great belated Valentine's gift!


Monday, February 8, 2010


I love fabric. But like chocolate, it's a selective love....
As discussed previously, texture possesses a magnetism stronger than color, fiber, etc.
So while the colors are lovely and the process of simple strip quilting relaxing, the texturally lacking cotton prints are less than stimulating. Perhaps in an interestingly seamed pocketed yoked fly zipped summer skirt this wouldn't be such a yawn...
But I have taken this on, as a confirmed non quilter, and hope to finish today or tomorrow to send off to a dear friend as an unexpected gift. The top is nearly done... but then... I need to quilt. It's when the project grows massive in size (literally) that it becomes unwieldly and I lose interest.
I admire the dedication and creativity of the many quilt artisans out there, and while it's an art and talent I appreciate, particularly the fact that these artists are instrumental in keeping the sewing industry alive, I shall be greatly relieved when this is done and I can indulge in something more (personally) rewarding like uncooperative knits, bound buttonholes, bindings, tweedy wool jackets with trimmings, etc. !
Do you sew anything you don't love?