Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Can't show the finished quilt, as it's going to be published in a magazine later this year.
Mouse: 3 escapes, 1 broken trap, the muted sound of high-pitched tittering
Maybe I will buy some peanut butter - they're supposed to like that. Although they like dried fruit too, and it's not succeeding. Fancy-pants trap being completely ignored.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Kitty Litter Cake
I kid you not.
The world of US cuisine holds some amazing surprises.
PS I don't eat Vegemite, so don't even go there!
This is the second range, the fall palette, of Charm, by Amy Butler for Free Spirit. I bought the fat quarters because I didn't feel comfortable with them*.
My first reaction to Charm was oh. Um. Gee I liked Ginger Bliss... And then I was given some of the first range, and found in using it how usable it is, that the scale and style of the designs works far better than I'd guessed with other fabrics. I've seen quilts using Charm mostly sticking only to that range, or to Amy Butler fabrics. But it's more versatile than that.
*So I now own bits of it all, and am challenging myself to integrate it with other fabrics.
It can get too easy to over-analyse fabrics, and yet my favourite thing is to see how wonderfully antique scrappy quilts are assembled from a melange of mismatches that somehow, usually, gloriously work together. Bah humbug to matchy-matchy!
The small-c charm squares are from a new range, Spencer Museum by Barbara Brackman and Terry Clothier Thompson for Moda. It looked kinda nice, and charm squares are a good way to have a leetle of a lot (which Moda's marketing has discovered in the last year or two). And thus my quilts can include a whole lot of different fabrics without buying fat quarters or meterage/yardage.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Just love this mad yellow fabric, though! It's from HiFashion, and the quilt also includes fabric from Alexander Henry , one of my favourite design houses. Their stuff is mad, quirky, wonderfully imaginative.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Spent a happy day working on a calendar using family photos. It's a delightful way to spend a Saturday with friends. And I always love the chance to play with colour.
I used to be rather rude about scrapbooking, particularly when all I had seen was pretty much cardstock and cutesy-poo stickers and wall to wall 'are my kids/pets cute or what?' pages. And then I went to a scrapbooking store and found printed papers for me to sigh over like I sigh over fabric. I still quilt far more than I scrapbook, but it's fun to play with. They also have a bunch of scrapbooking supplies which can be redeployed into quilting.
I don't use cardstock or stickers much. One of my friends commented, "You scrapbook like you're quilting". Looking at this picture, I see tone-on-tone, stripes, spots, patterns, variety in scale. Yup, I scrapbook like I'm quilting!
Friday, March 17, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
It's turning into a red week - odd how some weeks have a colour theme: blue, green, red.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
You discover how to go about buying new line, installing it, and remembering Girl Guide knots so you can use a clove hitch (the rabbit comes out of the hole....).
And then the weekend washing can proceed.
It is a Hills Hoist clothesline (great Australian invention) and it's amusing that the necessary equipment ended up being so patriotically coloured.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
A very helpful fellow customer explained that you pick them up with tongs. To prepare, swish in a bucket of water (to allow the prickles to bang against each other and thus be neutralised, I think). Then, wearing rubber gloves, slit once and peel. They taste somewhat like a mango, she said.
There were so many gorgeous colours in the fruit shop. I have a set of photos in my Flickr photostream if you want to see more. Click on the Flickr icon on the right to go there or click here to go directly to the fruit & veg set.
This Ocean Waves quilt has seen some hard life. It's beautiful, with tiny triangles, and amazing to see.
Saw a double feature on Wednesday, Brokeback Mountain and Walk the Line - both excellent. As to 'quilts in the movies', there was a wagga-style utility quilt Jack Twist's childhood bedroom in Brokeback, and the dirt poor home of Johnny Cash's childhood featured some quilts. (It's an amusing game, to spot quilts in the movies).
I've been reading the book of stories that includes Brokeback Mountain and admiring Annie Proulx' prose all over again. Here is the way that story ends:
There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can't fix it you've got to stand it.