Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Batiks & more batiks

Yummmmmmmy...new batik. Unfortunately my camera won't get the color right, it's a deep purple with greenish hues swirling around. I had to take my husband to the airport yesterday, he has to work in Mexico for a few days. So of course I was feeling sorry for myself, and luckily there are two fabric stores right by the airport, it's kismet!

I actually AM using some of these. Just made this new purse, it's called the X Bag, by Four Corners Designs. The color isn't right, dammit, it looks much better in person. The pattern was kind of confusing, I thought it might just be my addlepated brain, but I ran into a lady at the fabric store that said the same thing. I had to make some changes, of course. I added bunches pockets and attached the sides differently, did the binding differently, and I'm really happy with it. Could be bigger, I just carry SO much stuff.

MUST!STOP!BUYING!FABRIC! But who could resist these wonderful batiks? I also got the most beautiful deep, deep, red. Didn't bother with a pic, you know the color wouldn't be right, but it's great, I need to go back and get more. Not sure for what project, but something is brewing in the depths of my mind, I've been on the lookout for this red.
This pic is of a quilt I'm making from last year's $5 block of the month, made of Civil War repro fabrics. I hadn't played with those before, but I've got a bit of a stash going now. Still trying to figure out how to finish this, thought it looked kind of cool with the light shining through it.

I've been doing some hand quilting, when my bad shoulder permits. Geez, what kind of weirdness is it to have "quilter's shoulder". This beautiful quilt top, below, was made by my husband's grandma, Marie Glenn. She made many lovely quilts in her lifetime. My mother-in-law gave me this top for Christmas, and I didn't want to put off quilting it, we want to encourage that sort of behavior!

I finally got The Nature of Design by Joan Colvin. Her work is just so awesome. Also reading Pioneer Women, Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna L. Stratton and Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington.


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