And my second machine-pieced (on my Featherweight) and machine-quilted (on my old New Home machine) quilt was hanging in the show. It is fun to have a quilt hang in a show, if you have not submitted an application for a show, I highly recommend it.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I decided he needed a collar especially for him (instead of Kitten's hand-me-downs). He looks good in baby boy blue.
I will let him rest for now, but he is lying on Dad's Airplane Quilt. The one that has been UFO for a couple of years. I finally quilted it, and now I am getting the binding stitched down (when Joe lets me).
Saturday, October 8, 2011
A couple of years ago my middle son asked me if he could store a few things with me. I don't exactly remember how we ended up with a storage unit, but we did.Auto billed to my AmEx, of course. I am sick of paying for it. I asked my son if he can come get his stuff out, and he doesn't remember what is in there, so "Mom, just get rid of it" was the gist of his reply.
I was going to load it all in a truck and deliver it to Goodwill when one of my friends from work suggested I look through the boxes to be sure I wanted to give it all away. Guess what we found?
Yup. Two very worn and well loved quilts my mother, Linda Brannock, made. I adore my friend for suggesting I look into the boxes. She will always be the one who rescued these quilts back into the family.
|Backside of the star quilt.|
Scooch over babies; mama needs a cuddle.
Maybe tomorrow we will go outside and enjoy the cool sunny weather.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I had to walk away from my sewing room for a spell, so I went to the library and found this wonderful book:
These two, Helen and Scott Nearing, lived an amazing journey through life guided by good sense, moral conviction, determination and hard work. I had to go buy a copy of the book because I want to savor it.
I also happen on Asylum by Christopher Payne. His collection of amazing photographs of America's decaying state hospitals is accompanied by Oliver Sack's essay on the history of the system that created them.
|St. Joseph, Missouri State Hospital (Kirkbride building) from Asylum by Christopher Payne.|
I was amazed at the scope of state hospitals before litigation took away residents' right to livelihoods (most state hospitals were self-sustaining communities) and the self respect residents' may have been able to gain from meaningful contribution to the community in which they lived.
I had no idea straight jackets came in colors. I find them beautiful lined up like this. They may have been made by hospital seamstresses (residents) working in the hospital's sewing room.
|From the book Asylum by Christopher Payne.|
|Picture from the book Asylum by Christopher Payne.|
After the reading break, I went back to my own private sewing room where I got a little help from my Joey.
"We" got the quilting done.
(No animals were harmed in the creation of this quilt.)
The binding cut and sewn on.
In time to take to Spirited Quilters' on Tuesday night.
One UFO down!
We are so happy!