A finish happened this week and it’s got kind of a cute story:
BTW, is this upside down? I keep going back and forth on it.
My local guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, has a give away table. For our last meeting we had a Sit ‘n Sew, which was delightful. I walked past the give away table and picked up this interesting piece:
Wish I’d taken a photo of the whole thing, but this is the piece as I began to work on it. When I spied it, it reminded me of another piece that I took and reworked in 2012:
I donated it to the guild’s boutique and it fetched a good number of tickets. Those oranges were very dimensional, it was a cute piece. I thought I could do a similar thing with this “new” piece.
So I plopped myself down at a table with some of my friends and Donna looks at the piece and says “Did you get that from the free table”? Turns out it was Donna’s piece! She worked on it in 1974, so we can say this piece has some history. How cute is that story?
I loved the vintage feel of it and it’s not all perfect and buttoned up, which how I work too. So I set about to put some embroidery and beads on it:
And a little close-up:
I got to a point where I thought I was done and sent a photo to Donna, asking what does it need? She thought it could use something in the corners. So this happened:
I knew I had a lace dying kit that I bought at PIQF in 1863, so I dug around and found it. I also had some lace I bought in San Francisco on an American Sewing Guild field trip in 1902. I cut out bits of the lace and used the dyes on it to create those little corner pieces. In my photo I have them just pinned on. I will probably secure them with sewn-on beads. But it was just the perfect touch for those corners.
I originally just set the piece on the pink wool, but felt it needed some weight as a border, so the navy wool came along to play. I will probably donate it to the guild’s boutique next year.
It may not seem like that big of a deal, but I am proud to be at a point where I can somewhat confidently pick up some sort of dye/crayon/ink/paint/other surface design tool/product, and add it to my work. It has only taken me about 20 years to get to the point where if think a project needs something, something that I don’t have, I can alter it to my liking and add it to my piece.
And I caught this vignette on the Summer Solstice. I happened to be quilting at the end of the day as the sun was streaming across my quilt. I marveled at the beauty of all that texture. I recently hit a low point with this quilt and stayed there for about 2 weeks. My mojo is returning now and I’m excited about it again. I think this quilt is asking for a fancy schmancy edge treatment and I must oblige. I need to get that center quilted first.
One more random thing to share. We went to the University of Beer for Father’s Day. What better place to take your man than a nice taproom? I got a chuckle: Hubby eats pretty healthy, but apparently not for Father’s Day! He ordered a beer battered burger (deep-fried, cheese, aioli, topped with waffle fries & ranch) with Drunken Pig Fries (Waffle Fries, Pulled Pork, Salsa, cheese, sour cream and bacon!!). OMG! That must have been 4,000 calories without the 2 beers! I would have gained 10 lbs on that. Men, they can eat and not get fat. Sigh. I got grilled fish tacos, no beer. Sigh.
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