Savage Mill

Today was my open house, and I needed to get outta dodge for a few hours. So, I went to visit the shops at Savage Mill, on my final tour of the places I like in Maryland. It’s a mall, made out of a 1700’s mill that made/wove canvas, mostly. There’s a bunch of stores I love there. The Queen’s Ink, a specialty art shop, And Sew it Goes, a fabric store (‘natch), and a neat antiques mall.
I had coffee and a pastry and mousse from Bonaparte, the French bakery inside the mill that makes my favorite palmiers. I stopped at each shop, bought my trinkets from each place,
but the place I wanted to go the most was the antique mall.
I had visited numerous times over the years, and this one vendor has always been there. They’re called Treasure Trove, and they sell mostly antique linens. Each time I have been in there, I have picked up, but never bought, this one piece of antique lace trim. Today, I bought the trim, and a Victorian jewelery casket, which I had never seen before, but had to have…

The lace was right where I remembered it, even after all these years of going. It’s 18th century guipure needle lace. Yup, that’s the 1700’s. It’s only a fragment, but makes me wonder what kind of larger piece it came from, and how long it must have taken to make it. I bought it and a second piece of 18th century Flemish lace, which is smaller and has the little scalloped edge.

I made this weekly quilt inspired by the mill, the Victorian casket, and the lace. The background is one of the last bits of a ver favorite and now long gone fabric. I quilted it with thread that was hand dyed. I sewed on the larger guipure lace and te smaller 18th century Flemish lace by hand, and then sewed on the sparkly trim on the edges, which is the last bit of that that I have, and another favorite. This piece really speaks to me. I got really emotional making it, wondering what the person who made that lace would think of my new use for it. So what does lace from the 1700’s cost you? $10.50. That’s all.
On the way to and from the Mill, Starlight by Muse came on the radio, and was stuck in my head while making it. Oh yeah, and this week, I made the below lonely sheep ATC for an online buddy.

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Hello…hello again

I like this local radio station alot called Jack FM. It plays mostly 80’s stuff, which I love, but also throws in a few 70’s and 90’s tunes. Today, it was really in gear, and played “Hello again” by the Cars. Holy electronica! I had forgotten all about this song, and how much I liked it! (Did you know Rick Ocasek is from Baltimore? I didn’t either until I moved here.)
Anyway, I was jamming to Jack FM while making this thing. I was trying a technique from a book called “Fabric Leftovers”, of which I have tons, so was a perfect book for me. This is rug canvas. Yup, that stuff you make hooked rugs out of. I actually BOUGHT some and used it on this. It was too stripey for my tastes, so I put the big round sequins on. Too bad you can’t see them sparkle on this scan. They look nice. Yes, that is some of the rug canvas in the bottom right sticking out. There is no batting in this, just a backing sewn on. Also, I bought stripped fabric to use on this square, which is why it’s so matchy-matchy, and defeated the purpose of using “fabric leftovers”….
Yes, this square is done really early. I spent all day out of the house so it could be shown, and came back and banged this out in an hour and a half. Guess I’m bored.

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Weeks fly by

Week 8 is here. I started it early since I had to go off to New York Comic Con to work all weekend. I freehand stitched this thing that was supposed to be a peacock feather and came out like… i don’t know what. I stipple quilted the background in black, and then took it with me to NYC to bead. I caught a cold from the nerds, so I haven’t posted because I feel so rotten.

I picked up some kawaii Japanese cute stuff at the show, and learned a lot about designer vinyl toys from our buyer. One thing I picked up that I thought was really cool was this Nohohon Zoku toy by Tomy. It’s a line of toys designed for “Healthy living” and stress management. It really does put a smile on your face. Check it out here. I need to get a couple more.

Other than that, life is getting back to normal. Nights are pretty quiet, lots of invites to dinner from friends, but one thing is pretty clear: I’m gonna get a lot of quilting done!
ps. House is officially up for sale, though not fully painted yet.

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Panic! at the household

This was about as horrible as it’s been. I nearly had a mental meltdown on Friday trying to foolishly paint the whole house. Luckily my good friend came to my house to help, and helped me realize it was more than I coud chew. Then DH called, and was in a three car accident. OMG. OMG. He’s 700 miles away, and I can’t help him or anything. He’s okay, the car is not. I’m mortified. I can’t cry enough tears.
This week’s quilt says it all. My Munch’s Scream.

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Goodnight, sweet baby kitty

Our cat Bangles was born 16 years ago this week and died a year ago. We still miss this sweet kitty. I was very spoiled, she was my first pet, and was very very ill at the end. She was grey, with bands around her tail, and one white spot on her chest that was at the end of a dark band that circled her neck. I called that her “diamond necklace”, and always joked that I was going to take it.
We moved DH to Chicago this week and I drove our current 3 cats out. I designed this quilt in my mind the day before the anniversary of her death, and took all of the pcs with me to make in Chicago this weekend. I appliqued the cat by hand, and as I did, one cat came out of hiding and another sat on my lap while I made it. The third reminds both of us of Bangles, and so in this one quilt, all of them are represented. It’s got cat hairs all over it, and I don’t want to clean them off.
I quilted it after the flight back. I planned to do some kind of background quilting in white, and added the wings literally at the last second. It wasn’t in the original plan, but I like it. I finished it in the weekend, so it’s technically on time.

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