Monday, April 17, 2006
I was cleaning off the table Saturday morning (which basically means moving piles of fabric from one flat surface to another) and one of the scraps I picked up turned into this a few hours later. The table never did get cleaned off either. The octagonish quilting on this one is done with a zig-zag stitch so it shows. That's the first time I've used that as a design element, but I like the result. There's some sort of technical, quilt-police-related reason not to quilt with anything but a straight stitch, but I have no idea what it might be. The outside edges of the quilt are irregular, and the terra cotta color is actually my dining room wall. I need to reshoot the picture against a black background so the shape of the quilt shows up. I'll add that to my to-do list. My son has invited his girlfriend up to spend the weekend with us next weekend, so housecleaning is about the only thing in my near future, but maybe that will motivate me into getting the clutter of my sewing sorted out so I can get some good pictures and finish up some of the fiddly details to have real live COMPLETED quilts and not just assorted tops and everything-but-the-sleeve/label/binding pieces stacked on a chair. Or maybe I'll just gather everything up in great armloads, toss it in the sewing room and shut the door to be sorted when pigs fly. I have a couple of quilts that need minor finishing details to be done, and 2 fairly large ones to be quilted yet. Maybe I'll reward myself for cleaning house by doing those. And then, of course, I have a box of dupioni scheduled for delivery tomorrow, with a design already in my head for it, so chances are I'll just wind up making MORE of a mess than there is already. My rationalization for digging into it immediately is "who can resist silk in colors like 'lipstick' and 'tangerine' and 'sunshine'?"