Thursday, July 2, 2015

dreaming of india...


Have you ever had a quilt dream?
I've been dying to go to India for ages. We've mapped out the ultimate trip in every detail including a short safari on horseback, riding Marwari horses a breed native to Rajasthan. Last week, I had the most vivid dream that I made a quilt from all of these travel plans. Upon waking, I felt compelled to actually make it in real life...


The background is lots of randomly sewn strips and triangles inspired by the spice markets and the beautiful architecture...


The plan is to add some rajasthani-inspired embroidery and applique a giant purple Indian horse across the top...


Have no idea whether the end result will be inspired or hideous but have decided to make what makes me happy:)




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

polyester and triangles...


Nostalgia seems to be an ongoing theme. There is the most beautiful 70's polyester top for sale on Ebay. It is meticulously sewn from 2" tall 60 degree triangles. Heart-breakingly, it is advertised as being "great for the ball field, beach, picnic". At least dog bed isn't included as a suggestion. I would love to own this bright and beautiful quilt...


Monday, June 8, 2015

up your nose with a rubber hose...



We have spring/early summer fever so every spare moment is being spent outdoors and/or going on mini road trips. We always check out used book stores and in my case, used clothing stores for fabric from every source. On the weekend, I was thrilled to find a bag of decent sized pieces printed with scenes from "Welcome Back Kotter". This show aired in the 70's but was a cult classic in reruns well into the late 90's. I watched lots of episodes at 2:00 am in college. DVD releases are as recent as 2015. Lifted from IMDB here's a description of the show:

"Gabe Kotter returns to his old high school -- this time as a teacher. He's put in charge of a class full of unruly remedial students called the Sweathogs. They're a bunch of wisecracking, underachieving and incorrigible students, and it takes all of Mr. Kotter's humor -- and experience as a former Sweathog himself -- to deal with his class."


The show takes place in the era when John Travolta had a mane of luxuriant hair, sported impossibly high waisted jeans and a dimple the size of a Manhattan apartment. The fabric is nominally a knit but so tightly made that it could go easily into a quilt. Have no idea what I'll do with it but for nostalgia's sake had to buy. Horshack's "up your nose with a rubber hose" remains a classic insult. Sing along with the theme song here...



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

babysitting...



I've been babysitting the most beautiful antique silk Tumbling Block quilt. It was given to my friend Karen by a client who found it in a trunk in her father's house in Poughkeepsie NY. It was probably bought by her mother who liked to go antiquing and to auctions. Her client doesn't know anything more about it and doesn't recall seeing it around the house growing up. When she emailed my friend and said she'd found a quilt and would she like to have it, Karen imagined something quite different like a more common one from the depression era. Needless to say, she was absolutely astonished!

The quilt is very fragile and K. would like to find a home for it in a museum perhaps back in the States. Best guess is that it is from the late 1800's. Any suggestions as to where this beauty might find a place to live???


Each side is less than an inch...


The variety of silks is extraordinary...


The quilting is beautiful too...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

happy mother's day...

 

This quilt is called "The Mothers" 1983 and was made by the incomparable Faith RinggoldFaith is a lauded African-American artist most famous for her story quilts. She has exhibited world wide and her work is in the permanent collections of many museums. She's also a superb illustrator well into her 80's. She seems a fitting artist to feature today as she always claims in interviews that the greatest influence in her life was her own mother...

To all the Moms, Mamas and in my case Mum, thank you so much for everything- We love you!