Monday, July 28, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
No, I didn't write a novel! But Arlene Sachitano did! She contacted me by email to let me know that her book title is the same as my blog title....I thought, oh no she's going to ask me to change my blog name or sue me! But she didn't! Instead, she asked me to be a stop on her virtual book tour! At first I was skeptical, things like that don't happen to me. I checked out her book by googling it first, I was afraid the link could be a virus, I am so paranoid! But I am happy to report it is legitimate and Arlene seems to be a fine person via the limited email correspondence we have had.
Arlene has been writing since she was a child, then throughout high school, and through her many years working in the electronics industry. She wrote her first mystery novel "Chip and Die" featuring an amateur sleuth who is a supervisor in the high tech industry. Now she is featuring quilting as the background for her next series of books. Why combine mystery writing and quilting?
Well, I love both activities, but my first quilt mystery was actually in response to a request from the owners of Storyquilts,Inc. At the time they had a store in the
Quilt As Desired is a mystery novel about a 38 year widow, Harriet Truman, who returns to Foggy Point, Washington to babysit her aunt's long arm quilting business. She returns to the studio one night to find it trashed:
The workroom was a riot of color, but instead of a complimentary arrangement of pattern and shape, the scene was harsh and discordant. Pastels fought with crayon colors and muddy browns and greys. Quilts were strewn everywhere, their bindings hanging like Spanish moss from the edges. The shelf cubicles were empty. The box of show quilts had been upended and the remains were all over the floor. Carry bags of all types littered the space. Harriet went to the show quilts first. She picked up Connie’s bright sherbet colored quilt and held it up. It had picked up a few thread clippings from the floor, but it seemed otherwise intact. Harriet folded it and laid it on the seat of the leather wing chair. Jenny’s purple quilt just needed its binding reapplied on one side. It too got folded and placed in the chair. DeAnn’s quilt didn’t fare as well. She had done a simple eight pointed star block called Pieceful Hours. It had a second set of smaller points that surrounded a center octagon. Both sets of points were densely quilted which allowed the octagon to puff up. Several of the octagons had been cut open. DeAnn could repair the tears and appliqué a motif in the octagons, but it was unlikely she could accomplish it in time for the show.
Two seams had been split open on Robin McLeod’s log cabin quilt, but again it was damage that could be repaired. There didn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason to the carnage. Some quilts were shredded beyond recognition, while others were barely touched, as if the attacker had tired of ripping quilts up part way through.The mystery of the vandalism soon turns into a murder mystery involving quilting groups and quilt shows. This sounds like a fun read, I am definitely putting this on my summer cottage reading list. Last year was Harry Potter, this year a quilting murder mystery, titled Quilt As Desired...it is fate.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
This cover just looked so quilty and I loved the colour combination. But rather than make an homage I just wanted to do something geometric with those colours. I sewed various widths of strips together and then sliced them:
added some dark bits and sliced them again:
rearranged them again and then added some more white bits:
but now what? I am stuck, maybe I'll add more white around and add some silhouettes, like I did for this Wedding Anniversary postcard I made for the in-laws:
oh well, that's experimentation for you, sometimes it works and sometimes it leaves you scratching your head. lol
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I was in a hand quilting slump for awhile. I was having problems handquilting Black Cats Staring. I wasn't even enjoying the process. So then I took up my Delft Baskets piece to get back in the groove; even then it wasn't going well...what is the problem? I ditched the frame... I like that the frame keeps the fabric fairly taut, but what a pain to manipulate around...I finally said forget it! and all was well in the world again! I got my groove back!
I decided to quilt around the baskets instead of in the sashing because it is hard to keep a straight line against the plaid. You have a tendency to follow the stripes, but if your stripes don't line up perfectly, then you go off course. My stitches are not even, but I was improving by the end!
Anyway, I am back to quilting Black Cats Staring, and I am almost done. I have been handquilting and watching/listening to Margaret's vlogs on handquilting (see previous post). I highly recommend them!
On a funnier note, the next pic is me attempting Yoga from a book...I don't like to join classes where I exercise with other people, quilting is fine, exercising, NO! This is my favourite pose: the Corpse pose! heheheh. See, Suske likes to do Yoga too! I think she is better at it than me! She is particularly good at the Cat pose, too!
PS. Happy Canada Day!
Ok, 1 more thing, on extreme environmentalism from the late George Carlin