Sunday, December 31, 2017
It's full of classic patterns, excellent instructions, interesting techniques, and great ideas. It did inspire a few quilts and I loved making the Ocean Waves picture frames.
This book features some fashions of the times (mutton sleeves, cutter quilt jackets and vests, patchwork skirts), unfortunately reminding me of Ralph Lauren who caused a crisis in the quilting community by starting the trend of cutting up quilts to make fashion.
What I like the most about this book is the blend of classic and modern and the presentation of techniques that deviate from the classic quilt-making methods. In the mid-eighties we were redefining "quilt" to include many more artistic versions. And this was also BTQK (before the quilt kit), so if you wanted to make a quilt you had to go out and find, buy, and cut all your own fabrics BY HAND.
Friday, December 29, 2017
|Thirty years ago, the Queen of QAYG! $19.95|
Who remembers Georgia Bonesteel? Remember Lap Quilting, something we fondly nicknamed "quilt as you go." This is her book published in 1987, original price $19.95 plus tax. Although it's full of wonderful quilt patterns and fabulous photos thereof, I made zero quilts using this book. Typical.
The other day when I was at the library I found a book by a young author (all the quilting books these days are from young authors; if only there were new ideas) called Quilt as You Go Made Vintage, a follow-up to her previously published Quilt as You Go Made Modern. Of course, the difference between the "old" 20th century QAYG books and the QAYGMM books is the fabric.
Oh, there are other differences, too. The old 20th century books are hardbacks for durability. Also, the approach is more dignified, scholarly, artistic. The "modern" books are all about FAST, EASY and focus on the fabrics. And they constantly rename old block patterns . . . all part of the modernizing process or the copyright issues, I dunno. It's all good, though. I mean, whatever it takes to get people interested in making quilts and buying lots of fabric, right?
This is one of the gifts I got for my birthday this year. Unfortunately, my camera did not do it justice. It is a handcrafted seam ripper with a beautiful wooden handle (Indian Rosewood) made by Marlynn Dexter of Kearney, Nebraska. It was purchased at Bluestem; you might be able to find one at their website. Marlynn also makes pens using beautiful wood.
And, then, I tell you I got my sewing mojo back today. I made five blocks with the Kaffe Fasset prints and I hope to continue making more tomorrow. Stay tuned! Oh, and stay warm!! xoxo
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
|Birds in the Air quilt made back in the 90's. A classic pattern.|
"So, who's stopping you," you ask? No one, except me. I just can't get into it. I drafted the pattern for this quilt long ago and so I figured I could still draft the pattern from scratch. When I should have a 9" block, I wound up with a 7" block. So when I say I lost my sewing mojo, that's part of it. Apparently, I have also lost my geometry mojo. God help me I don't lose my checkbook reconciliation mojo!!
I guess I will keep at it and try drafting the pattern again and stick with it until I get it right (or surrender to modern times and google the pattern). One of the side effects of losing the sewing mojo is that none of the fabric gets used. It just sits there collecting dust. Someone suggested going out and buying a new piece of fabric to "jump start" the mojo; but I've done that several times this year and it don't work, folks. Just no. I need no more fabric.
Has this ever happened to you and what did you do or not do that made the difference and got you your sewing mojo back??
Monday, January 16, 2017
|Hexagram #51: Kan -- Shake (or Shock)|
What will I do if the coin toss brings duplicate of hexagrams already revealed? That's the point of random; I will be duplicating them.
See you tomorrow! xoxo
Sunday, January 15, 2017
|An interesting selection of Kaffe Fasset fabrics.|
|I Ching book from 1963, another year of political turmoil and the assassination of J. F. Kennedy.|
|#54: Kwei Mei, Converting the Maiden . . . Action will be evil and in no wise advantageous"|
Tomorrow we shall see what the token toss brings!