while out driving, I saw this A giant spud on a flat bed trailer, what's not to love about that. Spuddy Buddy This made my day and when I came home, I picked my first ripe fig of the season. Can a friday get any better!
It took clearing the patio and the help of a few well places fossils from my fossil garden to help with the layering of this quilt top. And a couple of bricks. It's a big one, measuring 98" by 118. My plans are to quilt it on my domestic machine...
The top is made from Kasuri kimono fabric that I collected piece by piece while living in Japan. I love the small fabric pieces so much but never knew just what to make with them. To me they are so precious, I was uneasy using them. I knew I didn't want to cut them and then I realized all I had to do was trim them a bit so they all were the same width and just sew them together. Silly how I was overthinking it trying to figure out how to use the fabric.
When I was living in Japan, there was a kimono shop just outside my train stop and small remants were placed in a basket outside for sale. Every week, I would pick through and buy a couple. My favorites are the colorful ikats and I loved the indigo blues. Actually I loved it all and by the time I came back to the States, I had acquired a large collection.
So here's to using the good stuff.
I am still working on the Central Park art quilt and will post finished pictures soon.
I am working on a new series of art quilts. The focus of this series is Urban Maps. I am quilting the Central Park and hope to finish it this weekend.
My holiday weekend plans are to be happily spent in front of my sewing machine. I can not think of a better way to spend three whole days.
Wishing all of you a safe and fun holiday weekend.
Thanks to everyone who has emailed me over the past few months asking how I am doing following my spinal fusion surgery. I have never felt better and feel 20 years younger. I feel good, so good, so good.
For the last week, I have been rearranging parts and pieces on the design wall for a new project.
It just wasn't going together. I love a good jigsaw puzzle and that is what working on the design wall is like.
Sometimes, you just have to put it away for another day and that was what I was doing. As I finished pulling all the pieces down stashing them in a project box, I looked down and right on the top was the solution. Random tossing into a box provided just the inspiration I was looking for.
Now I want to put it all back up on the design wall but I think I will let it rest in the box for the night.
I have an idea where I want to go with this art quilt.
Today, I have come to a realization that I can no longer do it all and have to focus. That being said, I knew I was having less time for book, paper and journal arts. My days of spray paint and graffiti may also be coming to a close.
So I am having a massive sale of all my vintage paper collections. I took the entire contents of my studio paper and divided it into three medium flat rate boxes and have them for sale on etsy.
I have not sorted through the paper as it would be too tempting to pull out sweet little bits. In these destash lots are vintage ledger pages, wallpaper, and all kinds of ephemera. It is my entire paper lot from decades of collecting. I am trying not to think about it too much as I hate to see it go, but go it must.
I had just one last book to finish and it is this fantasy collage book that I had been working on for awhile. I had plans for it to have a few more pages but that was scraped (pun) so it could become a finished book.
"Having Tea with James Dean" My favorite type of collage book. I love taking random images and mashing them all together to tell some kind of fantasy story. Making collage story books is something I have made since I was very young. My grandmother used to make me "scrapbooks" when I would cry to her that I was bored. She made up the best stories to go along with her collage books.
Pink June I love how the quilting gives the personality to a quilt top. It comes alive when finished. The back This quilt was made with a mix of vintage nine patch and four patch quilt blocks in various sizes, new and repurposed fabric. This quilt was quilted with Superior Threads Fantastico which is a trilobal and gives a nice bit of extra color and shine.
This is the last of my playing with and incorporating vintage quilt blocks into my projects. It takes far more time than it is worth to inspect and repair every single old seam. Then there is the fear that it will explode in the washer and that is never a good thing after spending so much time on a quilt.