Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dave's Quilt, Niece #1's Quilt, New Bag Order

Greetings, all!  I haven't really been working on bags lately, unless you count planning things in my head, but I have been busy in the Studio.  

About 10 or more years ago, I had visions of a denim and ticking quilt - bed-sized.   Nine-patches, with the smallest squares being one-inch in size.  What a great idea.  Or not.  I've used a few pieces already as table runners, and another chunk has been in the closet for ... oh, OK, probably the whole 10 years.  Dave needs a new quilt to cover one of the dog beds (he doesn't like the bed unless there's a quilt on it for some reason...) so I thought I'd add some borders to the denim/ticking duo, quilt it and call it his.

I used some of the blue camo I have for borders, some high-loft batting, and another blue camo for the back.  Got it all done and showed it to my Guide Dog for the Color Blind.  

Dave and the new quilt

He liked it.  And... so did his little sister.

Amber and the new quilt

Of course, his brother Zim is the one who has been sleeping on it every night ... and Storm did the first digging on it today (I was highly flattered!)... so it's "Dave's", but he's sharing.

I also finished quilting a quilt for Niece #1 and started getting the binding put on.

Rachel's quilt

I hope to get bags out to her and her sister (Niece #2 ... numbers assigned strictly by birth order!) very soon, too!  And I hope they'll model them for me.  :)

I was contacted by a friend in Texas about a doing a Deeve Bag for her!  How exciting!  She described her style to me as pretty classic, traditional, as she said, "LL Bean/Lands End/Woolrich."  Great description; it told me what I needed to know!  Oh, and she said, "I NEED paisley!"  :)  Got it!  For color preferences, she said in the gold, green, tan/brown/beige areas with perhaps some burgundy.  NOT pink.  'K. 

I put these fabs together and zipped a photo of them off to her:

I know for myself, sometimes I think I want to stay in my color safety zone.  I wouldn't even think of leaving it.... until I see something completely different and BAM!  I love it.  So... in that vein, I also threw in the following picture.  It breaks all of the parameters she set, except for the paisley.  :)
Because seriously, you never know.  And I'm happy to report she chose the one at the bottom - modern and kicky, bright and bold, and oh... what's that in there?!  PINK!  :)  But hey, it IS paisley!  I can't WAIT to start working on your bag, Chrissie.  I've been pulling other fabs to audition them as accents.

That's about it for now.  I've got more of Nancy's quilts to post, too!  Look for that soon!

Thanks for reading!


  1. oh so sorry, I have not been commenting for such a long time......and I used to enjoy your blog so much. Especially seeing as I am totally without talent in the needlework department. Well, actually I was quite good at school, but that is another story for another blog.......(Diamonds and Stone, perhaps one day!)

    But your comment on Marvin's reminded me how remiss I have been in looking in here. Many apologies.

    I was so interested in this post because we live fairly near PAISLEY!

    So because the name of the town was familiar to me, south of Glasgow, and quite a long way from us, but reachable.......and we hear about it on our local traffic reports, I looked it up on Wikipedia to find out the connection.

    You probably know all this, but I did not - not being au fait with fabrics and design etc, so quote it here for what it's worth....

    ~ "From roughly 1800 to 1850, the weavers of the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, became the foremost producers of these shawls. Unique additions to their handlooms and Jacquard looms permitted them to work in five colors when most weavers were producing paisley using only two.[6] The design became known as the Paisley pattern. By 1860, Paisley could produce shawls with fifteen colors, which was still only a quarter of the colors in the multi-color paisleys then still being imported from Kashmir.[6]~"

    fascinating stuff eh?

    I will put you on my links now, so I can keep up to date with your postings.

    Your Guide Dog for The Colour Blind is the most amazing DAVE.......

    Jeannie xxxxxxxx

  2. More great stuff!

    PeeEssWoo: and of KHOURSE Huffle needs a Deeve!

  3. Sounds like the quilt is a hit with the whole A04 household!

  4. Blog fodder! I've become blog fodder! That is so cool!

    But, seriously, I'm excited about this bag, and surprised at myself for steppin' over my own personal "edge". I'm fairly boring in the fashion department and to quote Mary Bennet*, "I'd much rather prefer a book". But Spring is a great time to pull out bright colors and encouraging words, and I look forward to both!

    *The bookish daughter from Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice".

    Angus' Mom, Chrissie

  5. Aunt Karen,

    I love the quilt already and have been bragging about it and making people look at your site to see pictures of it. SO excited about it. And bags too!??! You are going to spoil us! (not that I am complaining!) I cannot wait to see them!! You are awesome!

    <3 Niece #1


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