Every quilter I know has a look. Like clothing designers have a look or an artist has a look. Some might even say that quilters ARE artists. AMEN, SISTERS! Wait a minute – wouldn’t gardeners also be artists? AMEN, SISTERS! What about woodcrafters? AMEN, SISTERS! Homemakers? (Nah. How to be creative with dust???)
Back to the “look”. My look has evolved and yet has never strayed very from my beginning. I could say that my eyes are so sensitive to color that I cannot deal with the bright ones. Or I could just say I like “dull”. More precisely muted colors and even more specifically the antique reproductions from the civil war era. I love the quirky, off-beat tones and the unusual little patterns in them. And with the antique-look fabric it’s best to use the old classic quilt block patterns. And partly because Jo Morton started us down the miniature trail and partly because I already have too many bed sized quilts that don’t see the light of day – I love making miniatures. All of that is part of the explanation of why I need to collect small bits of the “really good stuff” that is really too awesome to cut into and yet needs to be admired. SO.O.O.O……I filled a wagon with “some” of my “look”.
Actually, I filled the wagon because I needed to clean my sewing cave (as Karen would say) because the Loose Threads were coming to my house for a sew-sew day. We were naturally planning to sew some mini-blocks which we could then turn into “Uncle Frank’s Socks”. Truly. That’s the name of it. It’s double 4-patches set on point which then sort of resemble argyle socks. It’s an old pattern – but it’s classic. It should end up looking like this:
But, before we get it finished, we had to do this:
And before we got to sew, my sewing room looked like this:
And before it looked like this, I had to build this cabinet with wire basket storage for my cutting table like this:
And BTW, before I did that, I had to build a couple of these handy-dandy portable ironing boards. One as a gift and one of course for myself:
So, back to Loose Threads day, we started about 9:30 (in the morning) and wrapped it all up about 6:00 (in the evening). In-between those times, we had a wonderful brunch provided by our own Threads version of Julia Childs, Ms. Karen (not the Mrs. Farmhouse Karen). The menu was Peaches & Cream French Toast with Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies and I contributed Hot Apple Pie but Without the Crust, Sorta. (I made it up but it was dang tasty if I do say so myself..) We really need to work harder to get Karen to write a cookbook – or an entertaining book. She has served an annual Christmas brunch to a good-size group of neighbor ladies for about the past 30 years. AND, she has kept the menus and recipes from each year. AND, Karen is a great cook. AND a good friend. Let’s hear it for Karen!!! Yeah!!
OK, let’s get back to me shall we? Well, not me exactly. Loose Threads business, namely, show & tell. Whoo-hoo! First up is JT with a finished quilt made from a kit bought several years ago. The border fabric is all about coffee and the pattern had something about coffee or latte’s in the title. (we can’t exactly remember. You know?)
These next 2 quilts were made by JT’s mother who is I believe well into her 80’s. A terrific lady who in fact does a lot of sewing and handwork with a great sense of humor. I want to grow up to be like her.
This next quilt was also made by JT. Glad someone gets something finished! I don’t recall the name of this one either – hey, I didn’t make it, I shouldn’t have to know it’s name. I know my own name. Usually. Well. It’s a great quilt that has an unusual feature. The flower stems are raw edges and sewn with 1 seam down the middle so they fray. Very cool JT.
Neecie brought a top to show because it would probably be quilted & given away before our meeting. It’s for her granddaughter who is 3 (or maybe she’s 4. could be 5. I don’t think she’s 6. Let’s just say she’s not a baby anymore, ok?) It’s really a wonderful quilt and I am positive any young girl would love it. It’s just not “my” look, nor is it Neecie’s “look”. Always harder to work on something you don’t love and I know that Neecie has started and stopped working on this several times. But it is really cute. Don’t you agree? I know it is a Buggy Barn pattern.
I only had wood stuff to show and I think I’ve already shown all that to you. (lucky you!! LOL)
OK, I’m stalling. I have a lot of things I should be doing and I can’t concentrate very well so I thought I’d write here. My hubs & I are leaving tomorrow for Minneapolis and the Univ. of Minnesota. On Monday morning I will have surgery #3 on my leg that broke in 2008. While I don’t know all of the things that can go wrong, I do know quite a few of them. And most of them were bad. To say I’m nervous is an understatement. But when I get back home I’m just positive I will be on the right road to recovery. And on the bright side, I already own my own canes, crutches, walker and shower stool. Threw away the compression socks. Damm. Bet they give me new ones!! Do they come in plaid? (I don’t look good in stripes)