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.
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.
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.
The Pride and Joy of Illinois lost… Oh well, at least it was to Peyton Manning. The Superbowl was the only time I had this week to complete Week 5. We spent all week preparing for and moving into the POD so we can start the journey to my hometown.
DH gave me a hand needle felter and mat for Christmas, and I tried it out on some home decorator samples I snagged from JoAnns. I put these on a sage green kunin felt background. Not bad not zero time to do anything this week. Next week will be a challenge, as we drive 14 hours to Chicago and I fly back to B-more in the same weekend. We’ll see if I can get my square done in time.
I spend my lunch hours away from my desk now. I have been studying my new Quilting Arts magazine with line and form and shape, and came up with a few sketches. This looks very close to one of them except for there are fewer dark squares in this finished project.
The two shades of the background fabrics are Cherrywood hand dyes. I made a shawl of the most beautful greens from a pattern they had at the Chicago show last year. This was some of the scrap and a neat stitching pattern I saw on someone’s wearable art.
Speaking of the Chicago show, I have registered and got in ALL of the classes I wanted this year!! So, now it will be a matter of will I already be living in Chicago by the time the show rolls around in April? Maybe not. That means I’ll still have to fly in. I’m still excited.