Wednesday, June 24, 2015

polyester and triangles...


Nostalgia seems to be an ongoing theme. There is the most beautiful 70's polyester top for sale on Ebay. It is meticulously sewn from 2" tall 60 degree triangles. Heart-breakingly, it is advertised as being "great for the ball field, beach, picnic". At least dog bed isn't included as a suggestion. I would love to own this bright and beautiful quilt...


Monday, June 8, 2015

up your nose with a rubber hose...



We have spring/early summer fever so every spare moment is being spent outdoors and/or going on mini road trips. We always check out used book stores and in my case, used clothing stores for fabric from every source. On the weekend, I was thrilled to find a bag of decent sized pieces printed with scenes from "Welcome Back Kotter". This show aired in the 70's but was a cult classic in reruns well into the late 90's. I watched lots of episodes at 2:00 am in college. DVD releases are as recent as 2015. Lifted from IMDB here's a description of the show:

"Gabe Kotter returns to his old high school -- this time as a teacher. He's put in charge of a class full of unruly remedial students called the Sweathogs. They're a bunch of wisecracking, underachieving and incorrigible students, and it takes all of Mr. Kotter's humor -- and experience as a former Sweathog himself -- to deal with his class."


The show takes place in the era when John Travolta had a mane of luxuriant hair, sported impossibly high waisted jeans and a dimple the size of a Manhattan apartment. The fabric is nominally a knit but so tightly made that it could go easily into a quilt. Have no idea what I'll do with it but for nostalgia's sake had to buy. Horshack's "up your nose with a rubber hose" remains a classic insult. Sing along with the theme song here...