More of My Scrap Quilt

I continued to work on my scrap quilt today.  I’m a bit obsessed with it, much the same way I get with jigsaw puzzles.  It’s having the same effect on my brain.  It’s just too much fun figuring out.

That’s why I’m blogging at 10:30 pm.  I went back to my studio after dinner to do “just a little more”. I do love this time of year when I can go back to my studio after dinner and it’s warm and still light out.

I laid out, but haven’t yet sewed a thin line of red to go around it next. Now, I’m going to bed.


Making Sense Out Of Scraps

These are the puzzle pieces and it’s just a matter of figuring out where they go.

I do one side at a time, then move the pieces around until it looks right.

Fitting the pieces together feels like success. I’m making sense of chaos. And making each of these scraps an important part of something bigger.

It’s only fabric, but it still feels good to do.  And I can bring some beauty into the world at the same time.

My I Decide Apron

Vintage linens piled up on the floor around me as I pulled them out of the pale green wooden cabinet.  I was looking for just the right piece, even though I had no idea what it would be.  But I knew I’d know it when I saw it.

Most of the linens have flowers embroidered on them, I put aside a pillowcase that was a possibility and a tablecloth with blue flowers printed on it. Then I remembered the Victorian Women.  I knew I had several linens with Victorian Women embroidered on them.

When I pulled out the apron, my search was over.

It’s like the pieces of the puzzle fell into place.  Although I didn’t know what the pieces were until I finished the apron.

The apron with the Victorian woman and umbrella was gathered at the apron string as most aprons are.  But I wanted it to hang flat on my body so the words would be visible.  The first thing I did was cut the apron string off and replace it with a piece of muslin.

I thought I’d write the words with marker than paint them, but as I drew the words, I liked how the woman was still visible through the sketchy marker.  I also liked the feeling of spontaneity.

The apron is a symbol of women and their traditional place in society.  It would cover the part of my body that the government is trying to have control over. And it’s a form of protection.

The apron also made me think of the Carl Sanberg Poem Aprons Of Silence, which inspired one of my early quilts, with the same name.

I am determined, although not always successful, not to be silenced about anything in my life anymore, including when it comes to my right to have control over my body, and essentially, my life.

I wore the apron to the Bans Off Our Bodies rally in Glens Falls Saturday afternoon.

I’ll admit I’m never comfortable when it comes to the “call and answer” that goes on in any big gathering.  Even at concerts, I’m not one to sing along.  Maybe it reminds me of being in church where I was taught to say things I never really understood.  Or maybe it’s the legacy of my own inability to speak up.

So I kept to applauding and zagareeting when I was moved, and I made my feelings known with the apron tied around my waist.

When I got home, I hung the apron in my studio for the next march or rally.

“I Decide” Quilt With Cirrus and Nimbus

Sally’s two white cloud cats, Cirrus and Nimbus have found a comfortable place to nap on my “I Decide” quilt on her bed.

Tomorrow I’ll join in one of the many Women’s Marchs‘ that are going on around the country.  I’m going to paint a sign to bring with me that says “I Decide”.

Thanks for the picture Sally it’s just right.

Starting A Quilt of Scraps

I didn’t know what I’d be doing when I went to my studio this morning.  What I did know was that I wanted to sew pieces of fabric together without having to think about it a whole lot.

So I dumped out two bags of scraps onto my floor and sorted them by color.

I decided to start with the black fabric…

I sewed all the black scraps together….

Then I went from the teals to the deep blues to purples…

This is as far as I got today.  I think the greens come next, but I may feel different on Monday.  I’ll know then.

My scrap quilt so far with the piles of fabric still to be used.

Nourishing Tears Potholders

I finished making six Nourishing Tears Potholders today.  I think most of them are sold, so I’ll probably make some more next week.

If you’d like one, just email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you on my list.  Otherwise, I’ll have them for sale in my Etsy Shop next week.

They’re $25 each + $5 shipping for one or more.

I loved working with all the little flowers on the Vintage Hankies.  I’ve had some of these hankies for so long and was never sure how to use them.  But these potholders really show the flowers off.

It will be a joy to make some more.

These are the Nourishing Tears Potholders I finished today.

“Nourishing Tears” Potholders

One of the Vintage hankies to sew a Nourishing Tears eye onto

I have a box of folded hankies with the words “Hankies w/ Little Embroidery on Edge” written on it. That’s what I looked through when I wanted to choose some Vintage Hankies to sew my Nourishing Tears on.

I pulled 12 from the box to have some to choose from.

I went through them a few times before deciding on the first one to use.  Then I began sewing the eye. I was on the teardrops when my needle broke.  As I unscrewed the broken needle from the machine, it slipped through my fingers and under the needle plate.

I took the plate off and the needle wasn’t there.

looking for the needle in my sewing machine

I was soon to discover just how much my sewing machine was in need of a cleaning.  It was clogged with clumps of dust.  Each time I dusted it with the little cleaning brush more came out.

But no needle.

That’s when I took the machine and turned it upside down.  Then I shook it.  It didn’t happen right away, it was three or four tries before I saw the broken needle fall from the machine onto the floor.

I feel like I got lucky.  I got the needle and gave my sewing machine a cleaning it desperately needed.

I finished sewing the teardrops and then worked on another Nourishing Tears  Potholder.  I also made a Nourishing Tears with a big eye on a little bit of a bigger hankie.  Not a potholder, it has beads on the eyelashes.

I’ll make a few more tomorrow.

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