Monday, 30 January 2012
So, tomorrow I have to teach and rehang the shop, sort out the rent, and wash up..
And think about the next "Week Of..."
Thanks for reading
Oh, and the stars come from Here
Sunday, 29 January 2012
I layered a lot of half-made pieces from earlier parts of the week.
Then I made this one, with more indigo and rust. After I had sewn down the right-hand tree, I found this little bird perched perfectly in the branches
Then this one. This is the first piece I have made all week that I really don't like. Might get scrapped, but I'll wait awhile in case inspiration, or a rotary cutter, strikes. The central fabric is Names of Fishes in Japanese. It actually looks better on screen than in life..
I'm really tired and I hurt a lot.. Slow evening, maybe a quiet week
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Anyway, I made four boats today, in two pairs. I had all manner of thoughts about variations, and I have three nice pieces, two quilted and blocked, and one ready to layer.
Oh, sorry, no lunch image.. No blue food and I didn't want to fake it...or perhaps I can...
I've been struggling with muscle weakness. Losing the "pinch grip" in your thumb and forefinger makes making hard, and not being able to ride my bike is driving me crazy.. So I went to see the rheumatologist, and he referred me to the physiotherapist, and I went to see the latter yesterday morning.. Now, you can't park at the surgery, because they are digging up the car park, so I walked, up, back to the library, down to the Post Office, back to the supermarket. On the way I saw this glorious pink-against-blue, but I must have covered about 3 miles in total. So the rest of the day was blasted by exhaustion. And I couldn't blog last night as I was too tired to go and find the camera..
Now I have some exercises for my neck, and a possible 13-week wait to be seen again. Then I went looking for my blood-test results, only to be told that the 146 tests taken last time did not include the relevant one.. So, more needles on Monday.
Meanwhile, the coffee at Baileys is as good as ever, and the flowers on the table are charming.
Old Sewing Machine Parts website
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Went shopping, and found these lovely plants in Morrison's car-park. Note the touches of red, which are inspiring, and thought-provoking.
Someone's tastes have changed
So, two more postcards of a recycled persuasion (green!). Painted patchwork which I note has old pink blanket as batting..
By this time it was lunchtime, and I had my usual salad (note the red bits again, a theme emerges).
(I have much the same salad every day, but the cunning arrangement of the camera and the cropping of the image leads to an exposition of the colour theme. Blue is going to be tricky) Note the 60s plate, rescued from the dump (green!)
Quilting in progress
Oh, and John fixed the gas struts on the car, so no more stick-to-prop the boot.. Yippee!
Sleep well, more tomorrow
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
One of my best sellers. Note the strapping-tape packed with the pattern.. Small things like this make a big difference - this stuff is easy to find but impossible to describe.. Given a sample everyone goes "Oh, that stuff!.."
Then today's lunch had Eggs (and salmon, but that's the Wrong Colour, so Not Shown)
I made this tree from a Screen-printed piece and this delightful stripey yellow-and-white that has been in the box for years. As an aside, I notice that some of my fabrics have been with me for a long time. It's an interesting game, working out the quilts that have a Long Stash Accumulation Period, and those which have obviously been "bought for" all in one go. Many of my younger students have no working stash, so they buy each project as a complete entity, make it, and have little in the way of leftovers. I have been buying fabrics for almost 50 years, and I have a huge amount. This makes weeks like this one possible without too much forward planning, as I can just get the boxes out. I haven't used anything that wasn't in the workshop this week.
Anyway, I have taken a whole series of process photographs for this and plan to put up a proper How To in a couple of days on my website.. Watch this space..
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
octopus and flook kites, eight Tiger Blocks , (click for tutorial), and five recycled postcards. Now I'm exhausted and I'm going to sit in front of a nice Orange fire...
Monday, 23 January 2012
Start small - a postcard and two nice handkerchiefs for himself..
Argue with Blogger.. 41 four-patches in reds..
Make these Disappearing 9-patch blocks
Quilt number one was a dragon with Laquer-reds in Japanese fabrics, details below