Posts Tagged ‘fabric collections’

L Is For Lobster

March 8, 2017

The latest Challenge assignment is to feature a motif that starts with the first letter of the maker’s name. I looked around at my fabric collections – lobellia, lightning bolts, lollipops . . . aha! Lobsters!

Yet another fabric collection I can’t really explain

My first thought was to make a convergence quilt, but the fabrics don’t play together nicely for that. Then I thought of keeping the lobsters as whole as possible and adding triangles to lead the viewer’s eye into a central panel. I counted the seams and decided I don’t want to work that hard on what is essentially a joke quilt. Then I read the Bridges post from Random Acts of Piece and thought, “Self, you could do this.”

Except I can’t. Not yet, anyway. The sad truth is every time I plan to use a large print, especially a novelty print, I need to make something that showcases the fabric first. Once I’ve got that done, I can slice and dice to my heart’s content. Until then, my hand hovers over the fabric, rotary cutter at the ready, but will not cut.

So, back to square one. I pondered why I buy lobster fabric, and decided it was because the little buggers look like space aliens. Then I remembered this hilariously awful 50s sci fi film – Teenagers from Outer Space – which features a monster (a screaming monster, no less) that is essentially a lobster silhouette superimposed on the frame. I pulled out my space fabric and auditioned a potential center on my design board.

A first draft

The more I looked at it, the more I realized I could keep this project simple. After all, what I really want is to remember the fabric as it once appeared.

Lobsters and space fabric

I may bead this, or sew on buttons that look like space ships. In any case, I am over my obsessive need to showcase the lobsters. Now maybe I can cut the critters up for something more artsy than jokesy.

Luck and wisdom!


January 21, 2015

I pulled out a collection of fabric that was sorta kinda maybe meant for a specific project. That is, I knew the emotion I wanted to evoke but had no clue how I was going to start (much less finish) the quilt. Even worse, I added to the collection – over a number of years – on speculation. Without checking what I already had in the tote bag, I would blithely throw another piece of fabric in it. I hoped against hope that they would all play well together when I finally got around to making something.

The spec collection

The spec collection

There’s a whole lot of “I don’t think so” going on here. About the only thing I can say with confidence is that I have the backing, mainly because I have at least two yards of this stuff.

It's pretty and I have enough of it - a backing it is

It’s pretty and I have enough of it – a backing it is

I’m really hoping this piece makes its way onto the front, and doesn’t get relegated to label status.

Lani Longshore people fabric

Luck and wisdom!