Sunday, September 11, 2011

August finishes

I did get a few things finished in August, not as many as I would have liked, but I ran out of steam and haven’t gotten my ‘mojo’ back. End of summer, sick of the 95+ degree heat blahs have struck.

First, this pair of socks

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This quilt, which is a JudyL design. These 1930’s fabrics came to me via the guild, someone had precut a bunch of pieces and strips and then decided not to continue with the quilt-I received the fabric,but not the pattern for which the pieces were intended. I further cut the wedge shaped pieces for the nine patches, and then finished off using the strips for the binding. There was only one strip of each fabric, but I like the use-it-up, depression era sensibilities of it.

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You may remember this one, the blocks were from a swap.

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I love the backing, it makes me smile each time I look at it.  Sometimes I tell myself stories about it. Maybe someone spilled some Jolly Ranchers on the playground, and they melted before anyone picked up. But the one I like best (and could have easily happened at my house) is that the Quilter of the family was out one day while the kids and dad had a project to do. Dad saw some black fabric and decided it would make a great drop cloth while they painted.  Quilter comes home and sees her precious Kona black splattered with paints. She starts to steam, to cry….and then…..wow! I can make lemonade out of this lemon, those paint drips are colors in one of my UFOs, I can use this in my quilt!!  I just love a happy ending *sigh* 

Speaking  of stories….take a closer look at the bottom of this photo. It reminds me of that scene from The Wizard of Oz, where  Toto goes behind the curtain to investigate, and the  Wizard’s voice tells Dorothy and company to ‘ignore the man behind the curtain’. (you may have to click on the photo to enlarge it)

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2 comments:

sewprimitive karen said...

omg Gail, the socks are adorable. Could not agree with you more on the heat. Too too much.

Jack B. Nimble said...

Love, love, love the socks!

I had to copy your photo and bring it into my iPhoto to see "Toto"--I suspected he was there, but couldn't see him. You may want to lighten the pic up. Who belongs to the feet?

I laughed at the stories you told yourself about the quilt. The backing certainly does tempt the imagination. Having seen it in person, I love the bright colors.