Posts Tagged ‘glitz’

Background Material

January 22, 2014

The nurse who drew my blood at my last donation gave me a gift. She made a different mark for the insertion site.


Let me explain. I have teeny-tiny veins, and they’re hidden deep in my arm. When I donate blood, the nurse first has to pump up the pressure cuff to find a vein, then mark it carefully before swabbing down that patch of skin. All the other people have drawn four arrows pointing in one spot. This time, the nurse drew a rectangle with lines on opposite ends marking the line of insertion for the needle. It was so cool, I knew it would make a great block.


Looks like chain links, right?

Looks like chain links, right?


As I considered the block, I remembered an article I read about medical tattoos – temporary patches made from nanotubes to deliver medication. That brought to mind a scene in a medical bay I had written in The Chenille Ultimatum (part of the series with Ann AnastasioDeath By Chenille and When Chenille Is Not Enough). Although the heroine in that scene was being treated for minor bumps and bruises, I know there will be a bigger battle scene later in the book, and I could use medical tattoos that look like quilt blocks for the wounded.


That brought to mind a project I have put aside temporarily about space Vikings. I could have permanent tattoos for those soldiers.


Places for soldiers' medical tattoos

Places for soldiers’ medical tattoos


When my soldiers are picked up after a battle, I could have the medics wrap them in quilts with matching patches that quickly diagnose the injuries and start repair work while the transport pods bring them to the medical ships.


That brought me to my scrap bin to experiment with leftovers for a background for this quilt.


A background for embroidery, applique, LEDs

A background for embroidery, applique, LEDs


Once I figure out what I want the patch to look like, I can embroider and quilt it sashiko style on the background, then insert some LED lights to make it really fancy. If there’s a chance to add some glitz to my life, I’m there.


A glitzy flower makes me smile

A glitzy flower makes me smile


All of this background material for various projects, just because a clever nurse drew a different box on my skin.



Playing favorites

September 1, 2011

So, I raved about the class I took with Bobbi Finley and now every design problem screams, “Applique!” Which is fine, because I prefer when the fabric tells me what it wants. Bits Rot; Only the Chant Remains told me it wanted simple lines:

It also told me it wanted the rhinestone edging that has lived in a small box on the corner of the sewing table:

A little glitter here -

- and a little glitz there

I thought this was the last of the series, but then another title made itself known – Mailer Daemon. I get that error message more often than I would like. Perhaps if I make the technopixie in charge of it a special quilt my e-mails will get through.

In the meantime, I am also making progress on the quilt I started in Bobbi’s class. Although the class was for one block, the fabric I collected has been most insistent that it wants to be part of a four-block quilt. Here is the second in the series:

The last block I did this week was for the Progressive Party:

The assignment was to make a landscape, preferably something dramatic, dream-like and whimsical. My design is based on a painting I saw years ago at a street fair in Los Altos. It was way out of my price range, and bigger than the available wall space could accommodate, and I didn’t think my husband would like the lemon yellow the artist used for the sky. Imagine my surprise when my husband took one look at this block and said I should make a similar one for us – yellow sky and all!

Now I’m looking at all my yellows for the perfect sky. I’m not sure how long this attachment to applique will last, but for the moment it is my technique of choice and definitely what I plan to use for my own landscape quilt.  How about you – what’s your go-to style of the day?