eliott’s quilt – Done

Eliott’s quilt is DONE!  I guess…
As you can see, I have doubts about it.  I love the small miminalist blocks with the hand stitching.  I love the stencilled stars and moons on the border.  I always like to have stars and moons on my quilts, and those in the border are not the only stars.  Lucky charms, I guess.  I am not as crazy about the handwritten areas.  I think in the future I will use a stencil or at the least a ruler to make anything written look more intentional.  I like the pockets and the letters and I don’t.  I feel like there were two quilts and I should have separated them. One quilt would have been minimalistic and the other one funky teenagerish. 
That all said there were many successes.  One part that I particularly liked was the binding.  I flipped the polar backing over the edge and zigzagged over it.  I also flipped the edge of the border over so the frayed part just emerged a tiny bit. It is very soft and warm, with the polar fleece backing and flannel border.  I chose not to add batting.  I kind of wish I had because the thick denim seams can be felt through the back.
I feel like I learned a lot from this quilt even though it was perhaps not my best work.  In a way, it was a sampler as all the denim quilts are. And I am on track to double the amount of quilts made in 2008, since it is only June and I have one done. YAY!
I have begun working on another, which I started in college in 1997.  I bleached black fabric with a wooden reverse to leave very blockish pattern.  I have framed each bleached piece with bright red flannel, mint green corduroy and now black corduroy of various wales. I should have photos soon.


Looking at etsy is so sad.  Everything is so inexpensive and so well done.  I wonder how I would ever sell anything with my chaotic work.
I’ve begun to realize that I am really working on are journals.  Here’s a list of journals, some complete some in progress:
Wardrobe (always in flux)
Price book (newest)
Red Quilt (done)
Eliott’s Quilt
I don’t know where this is going, but is the work I am excited about.

where am I?

It is spring and wonderfully, horribly busy.  Patty has given me some wonderful new clothes that I am sorting and playing with. 
I have purchased and pieced the polar fleece for the back of Eliott’s quilt.  I measured so particularly that I have none left to do samples like I wanted to, so as usual I am flying by the seat of my pants.  Why am I alway so miserly about yardage?  You’d think I’d learn after going back to fabric store so many times after getting too little.  This weekend hopefully I will get it put together.


I had a fabulous birthday.  Steve and my sister, Katie, planned a wonderful surprise.  All of my extended family and several friends gathered to surprise me and spend time with me.  It was so wonderful.  I feel so blessed and loved. 
I’ve been working on my clothing journal more than anything the past few days.  I have pieced the denim quilt for Eliott and added part of the first frame, dark blue flannel.  I spent a morning last week almost crying while I cut up my old worn out bathrobe for a third frame.   I bought it right after I had Eliott (now 15) so it has a lot of memories of when they were babies for me.  It is love worn.
I did some sorting and clearing out over the weekend.  I went through my handmade paper and found some drawings and sewn paper drawings.  I am trying to finish them in some way.

walking foot

S bought me a beautiful walking foot for the Bernina.  It works great.  I made a lovely PERFECT sample. I wish I had a top finished so I could quilt a huge grid.
I have some of Eliott’s quilt pieced. Slow going, mostly due to laziness. 
Paul is going to have the black, green and  red discharge quilt. I made this top over ten years ago when I was in college.  It is very awkwardly shaped. I plan to take it apart and reassemble it.

march already

Here it is the latest, coldest day of this century so far… not as bad as it sounds considering it is only 2009.  It’s been hard to keep myself going in this weather, however, I have made considerable progress.
I have a denim quilt, very influenced by Jude from Spirit Cloth that I am making for Eliott.  The blocks are done, but and now it just needs to be joined.  It’s beautiful, a subtle study in gradation.  I also put quite a bit of stitching.  It is ant-like, small trails and circles.  I will get the photos online soon.
I bought some dye and I’m planning on dyeing some fabric in the next few weeks.

long time very little work

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

 And I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it’s all right, it’s all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we’re traveling on
I wonder what’s gone wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it’s alright, it’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest

– American Tune Paul Simon

I love this song and it describes the world and my feelings lately so perfectly.
I have been doing very little.  I cut the lizard quilt and reassembled it and added some branches.  I cut some squares for a denim quilt for Eliott.  I altered some t-shirts for him.