As usual, I didn't accomplish nearly as much during my days off as I had planned. It wasn't a total waste of time, though. I did get my studio cleaned, among other things.
I also didn't work on this block while I was off and I must say my elbow and shoulder are feeling much better because of it. But here it is now, in all it's splendor:
Lisa brought me last week. I think it looks like a spider web. I'll probably put a spider on it someday. The lace I made the frame with is more of the stuff from Childhood Memories.
Until next time!
|Maggie Ola on right (ca 03-05)|
|Holding daughter Sue, 1920|
She made this crazy quilt in the 50s. As the story goes, she had a brand spanking new sewing machine that did all sorts of almost unheard of stitches. So she did what any of us would, she made a crazy quilt.
The quilt is a mixture of machine stitches and some very good hand stitches. It is lined with some really heavy olive green satin. It isn't as ornate as a 100 year old quilt, but it's hers, and now mine, and it inspires me. I didn't even know it existed until a couple of years ago, long after my own love of crazy quilting emerged. I guess that means I've come full circle. Lesson four: follow the beat of your own drummer, and remember, it's not always a completely new beat.
Maybe I'll start collecting canes...
Somewhere I miscounted. In my head, I mean. I'm usually pretty good at counting things physically, but my poor brain gets confused when I don't have the things in front of me. I thought that this was my 7th block, but now I find it's my eighth. Woo-hoo!! Check out the awesome lace I added. I got it from a lot of vintage lace on etsy from ChildhoodMemories. You'll be seeing more of that purchase, if I can manage to make myself cut into them. The pink and green venice laces are from my stash and more of the stuff that I dyed.
It's not quite finished, but that's ok. I need to find some 1/8th inch white velvet ribbon to trim out the costume my daughter is wearing in the picture. It was her Halloween ice skater costume years ago. I had sewn fur around the neck, wrists, and waist and made her a little organza skirt. For the block, I gathered a piece of organza ribbon for the skirt. I also tatted the lace and corner pieces for the picture in black to emphasize the Halloween theme.
The Virgin Mary applique is a copy of a prayer card from my grandfather's affects. Don't you love printer fabric?
The red carnation is the flower of Spain, in honor of my husband's roots. I ripped it out twice before I finally made one I could live with.
I have the patches sewn on the ninth block, but I'm not sure when I'll finish it. I'm getting the pain of embroiderer's elbow (much like tennis elbow, but without the sweating) and I think I should take a break. Next week is spring break and I've been threatened to get a paper pieced butterfly pattern together for a new class OR ELSE.