Posts Tagged ‘Ganesh’

Bragging Rights

November 24, 2010

The Ganesh quilt wasn’t quite finished in time for last week’s post, so here is the end result:

Done is beautiful

I am insufferably pleased with myself over this project. It was finished on time, it looks great, the friends who commissioned me (and worked with me throughout the design process) love it, and I was able to make a bag and label for it from the scraps!

Quilt trimmings on the side

Trim from the quilt on the top

So, in honor of the season, I am putting this out to the world as my Thanksgiving offering, a project of which I am proud and for which I am grateful to the quilting goddesses that everything worked out well.

Removing Obstacles – Revisited

November 17, 2010

The wibbly-wobbly Ganesh panel agreed to cooperate! I ran a basting thread around it, pulled it this way and that until it folded square, then sewed on the borders. The panel had a lot of fullness in inconvenient places, but I told it in no uncertain terms that I planned to quilt the living daylights out of it and it listened!

Here is the quilt-top in progress:

Wonky borders #1

The piece wouldn’t stay on the batting wall, so I had to photograph it on the floor. Still, I had confidence that this problem would be solved. So I persevered.

Wonky border #2

The quilting is still in progress, but at the moment it appears the fullness really will quilt out. I made the borders larger than necessary so I can trim everything straight and even. With any luck, it will be done by the end of the week, in time for it to be where it needs to be.

Since one obstacle fell so gracefully, I decided to tackle another pile of boulders – an embroidery project that had been taking up space for years. I bought two heart applique quilts at the San Jose Museum of Quilts – probably in 1992. They sat in the to-do pile for a long time. I finally finished the applique and pieced the blocks together, but then I needed to embroider them. I like embroidery, and thought it would make a nice bring-along project. Unfortunately, I kept forgetting to take it with me. This week, I dusted off my embroidery needles and started working.

The long-abandoned hearts

Hearts in detail

It still needs another border, but I haven’t seen the right fabric yet. I honestly believe it’s living somewhere in my stash and I’ll unearth it soon enough. In the meantime, I have two and half more hearts to embroider, and I can at least put it on my batting wall for border auditions.

Progress – it’s a good thing.

Charms for Removing Obstacles

November 4, 2010

I brought out a panel of Ganesh, a project I’m working on with friends. One of Ganesh’s attributes, so I’ve read, is that he is the one to clear away obstacles. As you can see from the panel, the first obstacle is going to be making this panel straight enough to add some borders.

I’ve been told you can sew a quilt into submission, iron it into submission, or quilt it into submission. We’ll see what works with this little critter.

As I was thinking of solving problems, I started thinking of all the little charms and totems I’ve used in the past to guarantee good luck. I realized I have all sorts of brick-a-brack that could be used as charms, like these little carved animals:

This is supposed to be an armadillo. Don’t ask me why it has red eyes. The next animal should be more obvious.

These little guys have been sitting on my sewing room shelf so long I’ve forgotten when I acquired them or why. I suspect they were gifts, and since I still like them quite a lot the gift was successful even if I’ve forgotten who the giver was.

I do remember when I acquired my own personal herd of elephants:

These tablecloth weights leaped off the shelf and into my shopping basket years ago. The children were little and I envisioned many picnics with dangling elephants. Well, we had the picnics, but always on the ground, never on a table. My little herd is still as bright and shiny as the day they came home. So perhaps the good luck was for them – to stay intact and together.

I’ve been staring at the wonky Ganesh panel for some time, and finally called for help. My friend came up with an idea that will probably work, and so I’ll perform the very best charm to ensure good luck – I’ll get to work and soldier on until the obstacle is removed.