Friday, February 27, 2015

rip spock...


Well it is a very sad day. Leonard Nimoy has passed away. This fine actor is best known for his role as Spock in the series Star Trek. That role was his legacy and probably also his curse. On television, Star Trek was in reruns around the world forever. It was a pretty ground-breaking series exploring issues of civil rights, war and other political concepts behind the guise of science fiction. As a child, Spock was my first onscreen crush or as I like to joke- he was the first emotionally unavailable man I ever fell in love with:)

No wonder that geek love for Spock found its way into the quilt above sewn by an unknown maker...


This talented artist made a wall hanging...


Inexplicably, Leonard Nimoy also made this video. In it, he sings about hobbits...

Condolences to his loved ones. To his family he was a man. To the rest of us he was an iconic part of our childhoods...
RIP LN

 


Monday, February 23, 2015

illustration inspiration...


Now that I see everything in terms of quilting, I wanted to share this really inspiring book by British artist Millie Marotta. She's created the most beautiful coloring book for adults.

 

I love her illustrations and can't help thinking how fantastic her drawings would be as inspiration for machine quilting designs...


Here she is  drawing a charming fox from her book... All those textures!





Sunday, February 15, 2015

dandy...


This patchwork suit from the 1920's is believed to be a theatrical costume. It is made of meticulously sewn silk squares. I like to think that it was commissioned by an extremely dapper man and worn day to day. Or, it may have been sewn by a thrifty woman who really preferred to quilt...


Sunday, February 8, 2015

simple but effective...


This late 1800's quilt is positive proof that a design doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful. It is simply a very large square within a square block but made up of four patches. It would look great remade in all sorts of fabrics and would be fun to try sewing without rulers...


Many apologies to everyone who commented or emailed me privately for my lack of response. After weeks of intermittent misbehavior, my computer died. The very sweet guy at Apple tried to explain what occurred. Seeing that I was tilting my head like a confused dog, he dumbed his speech down and explained that "something really bad happened to your hard drive". Thankfully, everything is fixed now...