Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I'm thinking, I'm thinking. I've been mostly working at home but spent a hot hour in the studio today before I had to leave.  I brought two quilt tops home with me; one of them has a back that has no relationship at all to the front, but it couldn't be helped -- and when it goes on the guest bed downstairs, nobody will care that the back is random (and ugly).

On the way home, Whole Foods. Went in for strawberries and yogurt and ended up treating myself to a shellfish dinner. Mussels and clams on the grill.  Since it is just me Tues, Wed, and Thurs, I have enough for tomorrow night's dinner as well.  
I cook for myself. I'm a firm believer in good meals and I deserve to be treated well - even if I'm the one doing the treating - LOL.  I wouldln't mind having somebody here to clean up after me, but that's in my next life.

For the first time in my life, I am giving two of my quilts to somebody else to quilt.  I hate the thought of it, but the last time I quilted a bed-sized quilt it was for my daughter, going off to college - and I did it by HAND.  No thanks.  So, I am outsourcing it. 

What have I been doing in the sewing room (besides cleaning up for a change?) I finished a black and white quilt that, until somebody mentioned how influenced it was by what I saw in Africa, I really hadn't been conscious of it.  But now I see it.  And I actually want to make a piece that is totally inspired by a South African textile I saw. But "inspired by" does not mean reproducing. I wouldn't want to do that, even if I could.

 Maybe tomorrow I will start.  I have another piece that is finished but not quilted, but this one I will do myself. It was inspired by ceramics I saw at the museum in Durban.

But for now, I need my Fitbit to keep track of my sleep:-)).


Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

The only 2 quilts I have made are lap quilts, and I did the quilting myself. I would not even give a passing thought to doing a bed-sized quilt! I know where to go for 2 or 3 long-arm quilters should the crazy notion of making a bed quilt ever take me over. Leave it to the professionals who have the right tools, I always say!

patty a. said...

I have had only two quilts that other people have done for me. One was decades ago. I had some 80 year old lady hand quilt a Amish bar quilt and the fabrics I used were all printed calicos! She was quite shocked that I asked her to use red thread to quilt it with! The other was a quilt that was a gift for a dear friend more than 20 years ago. I wanted it hand quilted and this was still before free motion machine quilting was even part of our vocabulary. I knew it would be years before I would get it done if I did it myself. Now I just have to do them myself. I guess it is the process of quilting that makes the quilt my own.

I think that everyone can create they way they want so as long as the quilt gets done it's a good thing!

The African fabric and the tile - what fabulous inspirational pieces!

Kaja said...

I love that black and white.

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