Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nuf ' Said :: You Just Gotta' Do It Yourself

February 14 2018,

The gift for Lily

Saturday afternoon.

Me: Can you wrap this gift for Lily?

Hubby: Yes, just leave it there.

Tuesday at 10:30 am. I take the gift with me to a meeting.

Hubby: Where are you going with that?

Me: I'm going to wrap it while I kill some time before the meeting.

On Tuesday at 12:35 pm before a meeting, I sit in the car and wrap the present.

Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Hubby: What is that home depot box in the front.

Me: It's the gift for Lily.

Sunday early afternoon.

Me: Can you please return the plate next door?

Hubby: Yes, I'll take it on Tuesday. I have to change her door bell.

Tuesday at 4:30 pm.

Me: Did you go change the door bell next door?

Hubby: No, I was busy working on the cabinet downstairs.

Wednesday morning. I walk over and return the plate to our neighbor.

Sometime last week.

Me: Can you please vacuum the stairs before Chinese New Year?

Hubby: Yes.

It's Wednesday morning and it's not done yet. I understand, he was still making a mess in the area where the carpet is finishing the cabinet. Yes, it's a valid reason. How much money do you want to bet that I'm going to be vacuuming this on Thursday at 10:00 pm?

Why don't I learn. If I want it done, just do it myself. I'll go to the corner and cry now.

At least he washed the dishes last night.

Here's another example of it. 

Happy Valentine's Day.

Quilt & Bitch 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy Almost New Year!

February 11 2018,

Around this time of year it is when things go hay-wire. If you have been following, it's the cleaning season to welcome the new year. Out with the old, in with the new.

This year hasn't been all too bad in terms of cleaning and throwing things away. It has been going relatively quickly, mainly because I have almost thrown all that I do not want or need and with not much sewing done last year, there was hardly any folding or organizing necessary.

Below is the guest bedroom with all my quilting stuff. From left to right.

The red bag is there because I couldn't find another place where to hang the bag. It needs to be hung or else the handle flops over and when I come to use it, it is unsightly. My ribbons hang on a rope with tiny clothespin above the vacuum cleaner.

This second area is mostly notions. 

The next two is mostly fabrics. I sort them not by color but by type. Solids, Batiks, Commercial prints.

That sewing machine is not the one that I use, it sits and gets dusty. It's a Pfaff. I currently use my Kenmore for classes and Janome for everyday sewing. Those two are in another room in the closet. Usually the Janome sits out in the living room on a make shift table.

So that's that.

This coming year is the year of the dog.
Happy New Year to all!

Quilt & Bitch

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sitting Pretty :: Piece Together :: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph

February 6 2018,

Last week I went to a beautiful quilt exhibition at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum to see an exhibition called, "Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph". Afterwards there was a lecture by Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw entitled, "I Keep Dreaming that Dream".

Unfortunately, the quilt below - I did not get information on.

This quilt below is my favorite. I am inspired!

This was interesting and fun. I love press. Here is more information on Paulson Fontaine Press and also a newsletter article from Paulson Fontain Press. If you have time, do visit their website under "Artists", you may get inspiration from it. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

This print below is my favorite. I am drawn to the red and the simplicity of it.

Below is Mary Lee Bendolph's family who came to the lecture.

This is Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw.

This is  Mary Lee Bendolph's youngest son, Rubin Bendolph Jr.

Below is the guest of honor, Mary Lee Bendolph.

Below are pictures from the presentation which shows the print making process.

The lecture was closed with singing.

It was a beautiful event. Thank you Mary Lee Bendolph and your family for sharing your beautiful quilts with the world. I am touched.

Quilt & Bitch

Additional Reading that may interest you:
Mary Lee Bendolph - Souls Grown Deep 
Gee's Bend Prints - Greg Kucera Gallery Inc. 
The Quilts of Gee's Bend