Quilts

Friday, July 11, 2014

Show + Tell :: A Wedding Quilt

July 11 2014,


I just shipped out a quilt this afternoon. This quilt is for our friends who moved to Osh Kosh, Wisconsin from Cambridge, MA.

This quilt measures approximately 84" x 84". This is not a bed quilt, but a "lap" or couch quilt. The reason why I made it so big was because the guy is 6' 4" or taller - and I wanted to make sure he was able to fit his long lanky legs under the quilt while he snuggles with his honey.



Below is the back of the quilt. On the left side is a fabric that has pool balls. He is a pool player, so I thought it to be appropriate. From afar, doesn't it look like peanut MM's? On the upper right hand side are the left over fabrics from the front of the quilt.

Back of Quilt

Detail of Back of Quilt

I would like to thank our next door neighbor for lending her trees and front lawn so that we can take pictures of the quilt. Her trees are situated in the perfect spot so that we can hang the quilt with the proper outdoor lighting.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemon...

July 1 2014,

When life gives you lemon... you suck on it.


I had a scare last week with my cheek. I woke up with a swollen cheek. That morning, I happened to have a dentist appointment. The dentist took a panoramic shot of my mouth and sent me directly to the surgeon / doctor. I went to the doctor's office, dropped the disk off and made an appointment for that afternoon.

That afternoon - the doctor checked me out and said that it may be a salivary glands being blocked. His solution - suck on sour lemon candy and come back and see him in a month.

Yesterday, I saw a alternative medicine who is a rolfer for my so-called undiagnosed TMJ. This is not for my swollen cheek but for the pains on my jaw line under the ears. The dentist thought it was TMJ, hubby and I don't think it is TMJ. The dentist wants me to try appliances, I said no, because it would just be a waste of money.

This alternative medicine dude - said it was not TMJ, but instead related to the blocked salivary glands. He sent me home with no suggestions but to google home remedies to ease the pain.

So we went googling. We found out that the most effective solution to unblock the salivary gland is to suck on a lemon.

So I'm sucking... literally.

Quilt & Bitch

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Show + Tell :: From the Outside Looking In + From the Inside Looking Out

June 22 2014,

My latest creations.

Title: From the Outside Looking In
Dimension: 69" x 69"
Materials: Front - Robert Kaufman Solid Kona Cotton
Materials: Back - Batik cotton fabric
Quilted by: Timna Tarr

Front of Quilt
Back of Quilt
Detail of quilting from the front
Progression of the above quilt:
Part 0 :: All Dolled Up And No Where to Go
Part 1 :: The Beginning... Of A Quilt
Part 2 :: The Beginning... Of A Quilt (Part 2)
Part 3 :: The Beginning... Of A Quilt (Part 3)
Part 4 :: The Beginning... Of A Quilt (Part 4)

Title: From the Inside Looking Out
Dimension: 70" x 70"
Materials: Front - Batik cotton fabric
Materials: Back - Robert Kaufman Solid Kona Cotton
Quilted by: Timna Tarr

Front of Quilt
 
Back of Quilt
Detail of quilting from the front

Detail of quilting from the back

Progression of the above quilt:
Part 1 :: The Beginning... Of Another Quilt (Part 1)
Part 2 :: The Beginning... Of Another Quilt (Part 2)
Part 3 :: The Beginning... Of Another Quilt (Part 3)


This quilt started brewing on February 2nd, 2014 when I was watching a PBS documentary call “The Amish”. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos were playing NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. I had no interest, so I decided to watch the documentary. A friend of ours in the summer of 2013 mentioned that their family would go to Amish country for the summer, and I told my husband that it would be exciting to go visit Pennsylvania Dutch. After researching places to visit, we decided to postpone it to early spring so that it would coincide with the American Quilter’s Society Lancaster Quilt show (note that the trip never happened due to work related issues).
As I watched the documentary, at one point, there were two boys sitting at the back of a wagon looking directly at the camera, and the camera back at them. This made me wonder how it feels to be in a fish bowl, having people thump through your back yard in millions, to be more precise, ten million.1 Most of the adults tend to ignore the camera and pretended as if the crew were not there. I guess they must be use to the gawks and stares from travelers. I could not imagine living in a community where people were continuously looking at me.
The front of the first quilt, “From the Outside Looking In” is the traditional Amish center diamond block which portrays a non-Amish (or English) person  peering into the lives of Amish living. The back of the quilt is what an Amish person would interpret as modern living - a world that is busy and full of noise.
The front of the second quilt, “From the Inside Looking Out” is the opposite, where it’s from the viewpoint of an Amish person peering out into the English world.
Yes, it's deep even for me - but I think it's pretty cool.
Now that you know how it all started, let me take you on a journey through my thought process.
So the first thing I did was open excel and block out or "sketch out" what I wanted the quilt to look like. I also did measurements so that I could roughly figure out how much yardage I needed. Let me re-emphasize "rough". I suck at math - so I always give myself extra fabric - which can sometimes yield to 1/2 - 2 yards of extra fabric. I say, it's better safe than sorry.
 


Next I drew it on a piece of paper and calculated how many yardage I needed and brought it with me to the fabric store. Note the final measurements - I messed up somewhere. Yes it was suppose to be 70" x 70" but along the way, I forgot the add the seam allowances. By the time I realized this, it was too late, and I carried on an "Oh Well" attitude, who's going to know except for the "quilt police" (look up "quilt police" if you have no idea what I'm talking about).

 
So that's the process for the Amish looking side. Oh, and the yellow and dark blue colors is an homage to my father-in-law who's alma mater is the University of Michigan.
For the modern looking side - there was really no sketch. The closest thing to a sketch is below. As you can see, I think I deviated from it a little bit.
 
For those of you who think there is a master plan to all this, believe me there is none. It starts out with an idea - and it just continues and continues until it is done.
These two quilts were further emphasized by the beautiful quilting done by Timna Tarr. I expressed to her my concept of the quilt being two-sided and Amish versus modern. She ran with the idea and further emphasized the concept with the quilting. Without her quilting, this quilt would have been boring. Her quilting makes this quilt.
 
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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Art of Procrastinating

May 30 2014,

Procrastination is an art. I've never gotten it, but hubby's gotten it down. The last time I procrastinated it bit me in the butt.

Remember when I was sick for a month and then ended up in the hospital?

Right before that I had a few things I needed to do.

1. Rake the leaves
2. Bring the car in for it's regular service
3. Take a shower

Bam, on November 1 I was on the couch and did not move off of there till December 1.

My neighbor across the street had not wanted to do the leaves. So when the leaves started to fall, she came out and said that we should leave the leaves alone and not rake until the last one had fallen. I stupidly agreed. By the time the leaves were all over the yard, I could not do anything except watch hubby from the living room raking the leaves. I won't be making that pact anymore, I'll be raking the leaves when I feel like it.

As for the car service, it wasn't a big deal - so a few days after getting out from the hospital, I made an appointment with the dealership and brought the car in.

The third item, "take a shower" was interesting. I was so sick that I would take a shower every other day because it was too tiring. The night that my neck started oozing, I had not taken a shower for two days. The whole day I had said that I should take a shower, but I never got to it. When it started oozing and we decided to go to the emergency room, it was too late. Subsequently, I was not allowed to take a formal shower for the next 5 days. Don't worry, I was able to wipe myself with water and soap.

Procrastination is unsettling for me. If I need to do something, it continuously nags me until I do it. It sounds something like my mother's nag.

If my list of things to do is more than four items, I need to start starting them down. The good thing about having a written list is when I cross one of them off, it really feels like a victory.

My list usually grows when I am ironing. It's the weirdest thing. When I am ironing fabrics (I don't iron clothes, hubby does that), my mind makes a list of things that I need to do.

Do you procrastinate? If you do, are you good at it?

Quilt & Bitch

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Show + Tell :: Baby Quilts

May 22 2014,

For the past three weeks - I have been sewing up a storm. The result are 6 baby quilts. Below are four of them.

 



Pretty aren't they?

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sitting Pretty :: Spring

May 15 2014,

Thank God it's spring. Here are a few pictures that I took around the neighborhood.











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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Show + Tell :: Mosiac Art

May 14 2014,

I finally got off my lazy ass and took pictures of this.

This wood art was done last fall - but I never took the time to attach hanging hardware onto it in to hang it. Finally it's done.



Can you locate the orange, green, yellow, and red paint that was from the closet doors?

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