Posts Tagged ‘dragon’

Gifts to Self

June 20, 2012

Happy Solstice! My summer gift to myself was letting the vacuuming go while I embellished a couple of quilts. I unearthed a bag of treasures intended for the Fish ‘N Cat quilt. First was a sprig of seaweed:

Next was a pair of fish earrings Alison Anastasio gave me:

Alison is the daughter of Ann Anastasio, who worked on this quilt (and is co-author with me of Death By Chenille). These were one of her favorite pairs of earrings when she was younger. She found them recently and didn’t want to toss them but knew she would never wear them again. I promised her I would find a good home for them on this quilt.

I continued working on the quilt from last week, including adding another braid for the top binding:

Then I scattered buttons on the surface to see what it would look like:

In case you were wondering, yes, those are my toes on the bottom braid/binding.

Here’s a close-up of my space ship buttons:

I also auditioned embellishments for the area intended to be a legend. The quilt is an invasion map, so naturally there would be a section explaining the symbols. I haven’t quite figured out how the dragon will explain any symbols – I just like the looks of it.

I spend a lot of time on the floor when I’m embellishing quilts as the buttons and beads tend to fall between the sofa cushions, so tomorrow my gift to myself may very well be doing the vacuuming.

Crap I Kept That Came In Handy

January 25, 2012

I heard someone define a weed as any plant that is growing where it isn’t supposed to be. That is an accurate description of a lot of the stuff in my sewing room. It isn’t supposed to be where it is, but at the moment there isn’t another place for it. This week, some of that stuff found a new place.

The first thing that found a new place was a Chinese New Year card. I used it for a decoration on the table.

I’m not certain my husband even knew the card was on the table, as I still have the mini-pumpkins from Halloween and the centerpiece from Christmas. Still, the card was there. Now here’s the secret – the card wasn’t left over from last year. It was left over from the last year of the dragon. Yes, I’ve kept it for twelve years. Don’t tell my husband.

Then I finished making aprons for my kids. Margaret Misegades generously gave me a panel for a skeleton apron.

I unearthed some pizza fabric in a collection I had been keeping for karate quilts. We always celebrated passing a test with pizza, so I bought a boatload of pizza fabric for backs. Given that I’m the only one still taking class, I don’t think there will be a need for any more karate quilts.

The last item that came in handy is actually from Ann Anastasio. She gave me a bag of surprises, which I finally had a chance to go through over the weekend. I found a book with a pattern for a quilt carry-all.

I’ve been thinking about making a quilt carry-all specifically to use the extra zipper that I bought for the stadium bag (it turned out that velcro was the better choice for the stadium bag). Now I have a pattern, so all I have to do is choose the fabric.

While I am thrilled out of all proportion that I used these items, I do have to admit it only feeds my hoarding tendencies. How can I fight back the voice in my head that says, “Save this – you’re going to need it someday” when it turns out I actually do need the stuff? I can’t be saving everything with the hope that ten months or ten years from now it will be exactly what’s wanted – that’s what put my sewing room into such a state in the first place. If any of you have the perfect come-back for the little hoarder voice, please, share!