Vacations (not mine), house cleaning, appointments, arranging college tours, two birthdays, SAT prep classes, allergic reactions (also not mine), snow, snow and more snow (and possibly MORE snow starting at midnight tonight). Through it all, virtually no blogging, but a fair amount of stitching.
This b-day card for my younger son started with the central rectangle, which had been zig-zagged together at some much earlier moment. The upholstery sample seemed a good base, picking up the check pattern of the ‘windowed’ linen. For the roof and background, I used cloth that had been immersed in the indigo tub last summer. Pairing almost anything with indigo-dyed cloth makes me happy these days, I don’t know why. Since D. is a Pisces, a bit of batiked fish seemed appropriate, and the cotton lawn in my scrap basket formed lovely, wrinkly moon and butterfly shapes when cut. The pink linen backing is from a tunic that I used to wear. This ‘card’ needed to carry a bit of me.
I was determined to keep the butterfly simple.
But, I could not resist adding ANOTHER backing cloth which adds a fair amount of additional graphic interest.
It is very nearly done – as are ‘cards’ for my older son (they were born two years, three days, and 15 minutes apart!) and for my husband (his is a Valentine). More on those soon!!
One of the two Boro Houses is finished. It is a little grey and rainy out there, today. If I were to keep this Hut, I would ‘plant’ it so that a staghorn fern curled up and out of it – like I did with the very first hut.
This piece was purchased by an art teacher in Cerritos, California, named Debra Sposa. You can find pictures of her high school and junior high school student art work (amazing, art work!), here.
Took it to the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center and quilted a little during the four hour wait for C’s 4×400 relay.
It may be an exercise in frustration. No glue, no tulle, no basting — just me and my lazy girl pin job.
My strategy is to work the places that can easily be worked first, always making sure that where pieces meet, the fabric will lie down properly. Pretty much means working edges inward. It helps to have two needles going, sometimes.
I am doing a combination of folded-under applique and raw-edged. Probably, with the possible exception of that red velvet, this quilt will be entirely hand-quilted.
You may remember this bleached red plaid from the Happy Hut Quilt that I made for D. (that red plaid flannel was used, one December not long ago, to make his pj bottoms – a traditional Christmas Eve gift in this house (though I will admit to buying the pants in the last couple of years)).
I finished that quilt, by the way (above). The Ghost House version is in a lull. Down in the cold, cold basement on a pinboard. It will wait.