Entries in quilt (133)

Saturday
Aug032019

soul work

The curves of the road of life have been many this week.  More then I have wished.  But they were curves that did not surprise me greatly because I saw them coming about two years ago.  A person behaved as I expected.  No better.  But it does add curves.  Even more curves then the leak in the wall.

I had pictures of what I wanted this quilt to look like in my head.  But I started down a different path.  That was such a no go that I could not get back to the pictures.  So I laid this out.  I had a small bit of help from Blue.  Koda Bear was playing.  But now, I can sit and sew.  I am working on bags for the shop so I will add this in as I go.  This quilt will probably end up in the shop too.  I love the colors but they are so pale that they would not work well in my life.  Unless there was a cabin I could retreat too for quiet.  And I still would probably end up dyeing it with tea.

I have two books checked out from the library about plant dye currently.  One I have already put on my Amazon wish list because it is about growing indigo as well as dyeing with it.  The thought of growing my own indigo and woad is intriguing.  As my yard changes, because the boyos are now filling in the "swimming hole" they were digging, I may have more room for a garden.  First, it was a play structure taking over my old garden space.  Then the hole.  It is just a good spot for keeping an eye on the garden. 

I have not even got to the other book yet.  Or played with the pigment I was sent.  I have spoiled myself with a monthly subscription to pigment.  I cannot go out hunting pigment where I am currently.  I have too much city around me.  And too much mud below me.  Pigment is easier to find with stones and rocks around.  Maybe sometime too I can go hunt pigment.  The mountain does not really have any likely spots.  It is mostly granite.  Igneous rocks are not as good for pigment as sedimentary rocks are.  Most of the rocks on the mountain are igneous with a small bit of metamorphic.  And, the geophysicist comes out.  Oh well.

I will be going to the mountain soon so I thought I would take a look around where I know some outcrops are.  That is if there is enough time with cutting plants back.  We have not gotten a chance to get up there this year with all the changes.  But, it is there.

 

Saturday
May182019

river quilt

While I have been building the show room, I have also been trying to find the time to finish this quilt.  I did something different then I had in the past and I really like it. I have another idea in my head that I will want to start working on.  I will need to see how long that one takes because I have another possible wood project starting soon.

I like how the back turned out as well.  I used new fabrics, fabrics from other projects, and thrifted fabrics in this one.  I put it in my shop.  Over at Etsy

I like how the sun hits it.  

I wish I was more with it today but I am not.  I am a bit deep in learning more new things and I think I have gotten to the point of just needing to rest.  My concentration has gone.  Or maybe I need to do something very the same so I do not have to think about it.  Or maybe just quiet.  There is not a lot of quiet.  I have to figure this out and I will.

Thursday
Apr112019

almost

This quilt is almost quilted!  I am finding everything is taking much longer then it used to with two small boys in the house.  As well as helping more with the boyos' knife business.  It used to be I only worked on the business cards and ran errands.  Now, I am being asked about cut lists for cabinets.  I will actually help build those cabinets so I am not surprised.  It is what happens when you gain more skills.

I had the conversation with Koda Bear about finishing what is started today.  I have a lot of works in progress and I am focusing on finishing each.  There are some works in progress that are really about me keeping my skills sharp, like spinning.  Or for the shop, like this quilt.  But I find that works in progress keep multiplying.  I am finding I need at least one day a week for mending.  I like the intention of very much but it does take away from what I am trying to do otherwise.

This is my life.  And that is okay.  Building these cabinets will be interesting.  Then, I will build the truck cabin for sharpening.  The plan is for me to continue doing what I am doing and become the mobile sharpener as well.  The biggest impact is that I do not get to travel as much as I would like.  That could change with time. 

Everything changes.

Tuesday
Mar052019

playing with quilts

I decided to do something different with the quilts I am making.  This is it.  I still really love the nine squares so they are a component but I wanted to see what happened when I added larger pieces of fabric.  I have done some of the backs of my quilts this way and people seemed to really like them.  

This is the top.  I had thought about just using a large piece of thrifted flannel for the back but decided to piece it as well.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

I am also dyeing fabric for my quilts.  I have purchased used 100% cotton sheets at thrift stores and have started to put them in dye pots of dye made with plants.  I am very curious what will come of that fabric and quilts that will be put together with those fabrics.  I have a feeling they will be quite harmonious in a strange way.  Combining two things I love will be so cool.

I am hoping my schedule for this week goes better then last but we will have to see.  I am starting to count how many bowls of dough or just dough I have going at any one time.  I will have to share Koda Bear's favorite bun soon because it is pretty fabulous as a cheese sandwich with prosciutto.  That and some fruit, veg, and tea, I could drive cross country.  Yes, ice cream and cookies would also make it pretty spectacular but I could go many miles before I sleep with his favorite buns!  

Life has not slowed down any at all but I have adjusted to the current new normal.  It will change when we start building the sharpening truck.  I will be helping to design and build that before I start doing mobile sharpening.  I am actually very excited.  I could put a small stove top in it for making tea and plant dye.  I have thought of this.

The sharpening truck could mean never again stepping into an office!  In some ways, I hope the truck cabin takes off too!  I just feel like I need to hold on to life because it is going different ways then I could every forsee!

Tuesday
Feb192019

silk and cotton comforter

I have been spending too much time on Instagram and YouTube.  I came across India Flint's eucalyptus printed silk comforter she made her grandbaby.  I also came across the videos of the woman in China (?) who is living a very sustainable life and making silk comforters for those in her life.

The Tall Short Person did not like the idea of the eucalyptus printed fabric for Blue so I dyed some silk cotton fabric I had with a touch of indigo and purple cabbage.  The indigo came out the palest of blues.  It only looks blue against white.  The purple cabbage is a blue lavender.  Almost silver grey.

I quilted wonky straight lines after filling it with two layers of organic cotton.  It felt like I was on a deadline since Blue was already here but I really was not.  More, there was always something else that needed my attention.  That feels fairly normal for right now.  

I bound it with at natural colored silk charmeuse I had and it turned out so soft and lovely.  Now, if the rest of my life was this elegant. 

For someone so small, Blue takes as much time as I expected.  The Tall Short Person takes more time then I expected.  Koda Bear just needs love and attention, which I give freely.  We have had some lovely learnings recently that I will share soon.  

There has been a lot of making going on.  Just not for my shop.  I am trying a new dye pot.  It is steeping as I type and I will see what happens with the silk I put into it in a few days.  I may decided to dye it with stronger solution.  I just have a feeling.  I really wish to see what color spinach would make.  Soon.