Posts Tagged ‘Home decorating’

Here’s When A Do-over Would Be Nice

August 22, 2012

To give you an idea of how far behind I am, last week’s to-do list is still on top of my piles. I sort of know where the time went, because we had two exterior doors replaced and the kids’ belongings were delivered by the moving people. The door replacement project did not begin on a good note – I spent the morning telling the supplier that we were not going to accept one of the doors (it had a dent) and since it was a stock door he could jolly well find another one and pay for it to be delivered while the contractor was still here. The kids’ belongings arrived in good order but now comes the unpacking.

One of the pleasant surprises of the week was that our daughter’s couch fits nicely in the living room. We knew it would fit the space because we measured, but there’s fitting and and then there’s fitting. We had never had a couch in the living room before because we wanted it to be a music/reading room. After all those years of having just two comfy chairs, bookshelves and a grand piano I convinced myself there wasn’t space for a couch. Now that I know I am wrong, I guess I’m going to have to look at couches when she gets her own apartment.

In the  meantime, a week has passed and I got in the sewing room only long enough to repair the pillow my husband uses for back support. Since I have nothing new to show you, I thought I would post an old picture of a past project:

This is a quilt I made for Sacred Threads, a biennial exhibition for quilts with a spiritual connection – healing, grief, peace, the spiritual journey. If you are interested, you can get more information at The next show is in 2013, with entry deadlines between January 9 and March 9, 2013. I had one quilt accepted for showing long ago, and have entered at odd times since then. The quilt above – City of God – didn’t make it, but I’m thinking this might be the year I enter again.

Of course, that assumes that the weeks between then and now will be a whole lot more productive than this past week. At the rate unexpected time sinks are appearing in my path, that may not be a reasonable assumption to make!


About those rabbits . . .

August 11, 2010

The sewing room is a mess but I’m not in the least upset. I had three essential projects to complete by yesterday, and I made my deadline. Okay, so only two projects were “finished” finished. The third one was “finished enough to show” finished and that’s fine

The “finished enough” project was for the Challenge group. The assignment was on the theme of home, and as I mentioned earlier I had a great idea. I still have that idea, because what I ended up making wasn’t what I thought I would do. I wanted to make a series of quilts about animal homes because I remembered having a pile of animal fabrics. I looked for this pile, really I did, but I guess it exists only in my imagination. What I found instead was a scrap or two of fish fabric, a fat quarter of cartoon-like dogs and a collection of garden-themed fabrics and leaping rabbits.

I stared at that collection for a while, and thought of the many critters that take up residence in our fruit trees and grape vines during harvest season. Since the challenge assignment was quite broad, I knew I could make a case for a quilt about rabbits in other species’ homes – specifically human gardens. Then I remembered that I wanted to make my mother a spring table runner, and my course was set. Not only would my project be about homes, it would be intended for home decor – ah, the joys of subtext!

Since table runners usually have stuff on them, I decided on a very simple block and made the first two blocks with the gray bunnies on black.

The garden fabric pops against the black, but not so dramatically that it wouldn’t fit in my mom’s dining room. I thought I would soften the effect even more by making a third block from the blue bunny fabric.

This time, the fabrics glow, not pop, and they certainly don’t play nice with the other blocks. That’s why this project is merely “finished enough.” I love both color combinations, but not together, so now I have two unfinished projects. My mother will get a runner with blue bunnies. I will keep the black bunny blocks in a safe place until the Muse of UFOs gives me some inspiration. With any luck, I’ll even remember which safe place the blocks are in when a new vision appears.