Friday, August 24, 2007

what day is it?

I've lost count of where I am - it's been one of those weeks. Today, I had to stay in to wait for two FedEx deliveries, one of which required a signature. Of course, the delivery was promised for this morning - FedEx ground. Don't ever send anything FedEx ground. It came after 3:00 this afternoon. FedEx ground is "subsidiary" of Federal Express, which means that the ground people are independent contractors who own their own trucks. This also means they are unreliable; they leave the stuff on the truck overnight, and if the weather is bad or they get tired, they simply go home and deliver the next day. This was confirmed to me by FedEx this afternoon after I called to complain that my delivery had been promised for this morning. Bleh.

So the day was not a total loss, I sewed. This is really embarrassing, but here is what I am experimenting with: COMBINING my hand-prints with some of the more godawful, out-of-date, ugly fabrics in my basement. I can't tell what anything looks like without taking digital photos and I can see that the big strip of my hand-printed fuschia fabric is distracting. By the time you see this, the pieces on the wall will have been reconfigured. Bottom line - even if you make traditional quilts (if you want to call this traditional) you can use your wonderful hand-printed fabrics. You just need to go to the fabric store and pick out gorgeous commercial fabrics to go with them. Don't use the uglies in your basement if you can help it.
Just give them away and treat yourself to a fresh look - as in "do as I say, not as I do."
I simply don't know how I ever worked without a digital camera. Or lived without this Internet and all of you. What's next? What will our children wonder how they never lived without? I actually mean our GRANDchildren - I already know about my children, one of whom will be 40 in a few weeks. How did that happen? But I digress...

With all the screening I have been doing, I decided it was finally time to supplement my el cheapo screens with a couple of good ones. My friend Kerr told me eons ago about Pocono Screens but I never got around to ordering from them till this minute. Well, not THIS minute - a couple of days ago. In a moment of insanity I ordered two screens that are something like 20"x24" - practically bigger than my entire print table. They weigh a ton but they are beautiful and sturdy and they have already been shellac'd at the factory so I don't have to worry about warping.Because I had to stay home all day and didn't have a chance to get to the farmer's market, we were forced to go out for dinner. Boo hoo. Better luck tomorrow - we get to eat home tomorrow night - joy of joys. In the afternoon, we have tickets to a performance of Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano." I think I read it in French in college, maybe a decade after it was written. The performance is in English and I am laughing in anticipation. Life is indeed fit for the Theatre of the Absurd.

Enough. I need to get back to the thing on the wall.

5 comments:

laura said...

sounds like a great day to me!

now if you take that patcheork, cut it randomly and re-piece it with something else, what would happen?

but that's me: cut it up, put it back together... have a great weekend.

Rayna said...

Not done yet by a long stretch. We'll see where it goes...

Cathy Kleeman said...

Oh, wow. I had forgotten about those screens. I just ordered a bunch of screens from Dick Blick and am in the process of applying a finish. What a pain! And those are great prices also.

Russ Little said...

I'd love to hear how the new screens work out. Kerr told her class at Peters Valley about them in July, but I ended up ordering from Dick Blick instead. I think I was concerned that I didn't find any on Pocono's website that were multifilament fabric, only monofilament. I've always heard that multifilament is better for use with fabric printing. I don't know how much that matters. They do look like great screens and you can't beat having someone else do the varnishing!

Linda Branch Dunn said...

OOO I love the new screens. I finally got to watch Kerr's video, while on holiday (now that's my idea of vacation viewing) 'cause the rental has a dvd player but our home one died. Boy would I love to play in the studio with her. Or you.

Here in Cambridge I ditch bags of what-was-I-thinking fabric, patter s, and trim via FreeCycle - check on-line for local listing. There's always someone thrilled to cart it away. Feels great.