Friday, August 14, 2015

ugly fabric...


Found this listing for fabric on Ebay. It describes this print as being ugly, weird and bizarre. While not appealing to me in any way this fabric got me thinking. Is there such a thing as fabric that is too ugly? Bonnie Hunter would say it just needs to be cut up enough. Have you ever seen or bought (?!) a fabric that you felt was irretrievably awful? Can anything me made to look beautiful?

Also apologies, am inexplicably having problems receiving comments these days so please excuse me if it takes awhile to get back to you. I really appreciate your thoughts!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

housetop...


This quilt speaks for itself. It is a gorgeous and graphic house top variation made by the late Clementine Kennedy of Gee's Bend Alabama in the 40's. I have serious fabric envy. These geometric prints are timeless...


Sunday, August 2, 2015

indian horse...


Finally had some time to draft the horse pattern for my Indian Marwari quilt. The weather is stormy and our motivation to leave the house this evening was low.

Tried to draw straight onto the fabric but horses are peculiar animals in that while extraordinarily beautiful moving, standing still they are disproportionate and rather top heavy with delicate legs. Eventually, I drew the outline with some inspiration from various online images on regular letter size paper. Thanks to Splitprint I tiled the drawing up to the just under 4 ft size needed. I love this app and have used it to make patterns for both tiny and very large images.

Now to think about the elaborate surface embroidery and quilting. Know what I want to do but it may be ambitious for my skill set...