Thursday, May 15, 2014

vintage spin update...

Well I'm almost finished sewing the wedges for my vintage spin quilt from Kathy Doughty's latest book "Adding Layers". Am aiming for a sort of 70's thrift shop feel by mixing shirting fabrics with some modern prints. The only wrinkle is that I am chickening out when it comes to cutting the circles down to squares. Won't be near a sewing machine in a few weeks so I'd better "woman up" and get it done!

Friday, May 9, 2014

super cute kawaii overload...

Don't know whether it is due to some sort of spring madness or giddiness over the end of winter but I've joined Pink Castle Fabrics Kawaii Fabric Club.  Here is the dictionary definition of Kawaii:

"Kawaii, ("lovable", "cute", or "adorable") is the quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture. It has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms. The noun is kawaisa ("lovability", "cuteness" or "adorableness").

The term kawaii has taken on the secondary meanings of "cool","groovy", "acceptable", "desirable", "charming", "non-threatening", and "innocence". "

These Japanese novelty prints are crazily charming. Because of their tiny scale you get lots of imagery in a small amount of fabric. They make me smile...

Who can resist a squirrel talking to a bear print?

or slightly psychedelic bunnies? 

or fingertip-sized multi-colored hedgehogs among others?!

Could pink hair be next?

Friday, May 2, 2014

new gwen marston book...

Anyone who has ever sewn a wonky anything owes a great deal to Gwen Marston: a seer-like elder of modern quilting. Evolving from a traditional quilting background, she is one of the pioneers of improvisation. Her process is to make quilts without patterns intuitively and that by definition are personal and unique.

Her latest book is called "Minimal Quilting"  and it owes more to modern art than craft. These minimal quilts are influenced by visual artists such as AlbersRothko and Klee among others rather than conventional textile traditions. With each progression in her career, GW's work gets more and more abstract. The designs are about as stripped down as possible without becoming wholecloths yet are subtle and beautiful in their austerity. It is a fascinating read...