Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Visions of a holiday book tree have been dancing in our collective heads this year ...
Sylvie, a fellow Friend of the Library, started it. She saw a book tree, recruited several friends to help create it, and started saving books from our reject pile.
Her husband Glenn wisely devised a different way to stack the books so the tree could be transported. He was the main creator behind this tree - the rest of us helped apply some paint, hang lights, cover the base ...
You can view this and many other beautiful holiday trees this week at the Festival of the Trees, a benefit for our community Shelter.
It's at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence. The trees will be auctioned tonight, but will remain on display through Thursday.
Monday, November 26, 2012
|Big Lettuce, inspired by a Ruth McDowell workshop|
Our esteemed Georgann Eglinski is divesting herself of a backlog of her quilts. She is a prolific and enormously talented quilter. She does not keep track of the many quilts she makes, but there are few more productive quilters than Georgann. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and books over the years. It is one of Lawrence's best kept secrets. Best of all - she almost single-handedly funds several worthy organizations in Lawrence with the proceeds.
|At Last a Lotus, pattern by Miriam Nathan Roberts|
Small quilts make excellent holiday presents and all these are one-of-a-kind quilts. Complete originals!
|African Market II. a large version of this is in Carol Jones' and Bobbie Finley's new book, Fresh Perspectives.|
Monday, November 19, 2012
|Friday finds - pre washing|
There was a wonderful piece in the New York Times about a super garage sale in New York City last weekend at the Museum of Modern Art. It would have been wonderful to see. I loved how Randy Kennedy described Martha Rosler, the creator and proprietor of the garage sale:
Her fascination with garage sales — as portraits, through possessions, of the people who hold them; as economic end runs engineered mostly by women; as suburban sacrament and social gathering — goes back to seeing them for the first time after moving to California in the 1970s.
“I grew up in Crown Heights, and nobody would have ever thought of putting their things in front of their houses to sell,” said Ms. Rosler, 69. “Your neighbors would have thought you were crazy. It would have been deeply embarrassing.” Stoop sales, now common in New York, are what she calls a “back-formation.”
So! Another good thing left by the recession, thrift continues to be IN.
I had a wonderful day Friday, hitting my favorite thrift shop in Kansas City (Grandview) and an estate sale here in Lawrence. I picked up a box all wrapped in saran wrap. Masking tape on the top said $1.50. Inside were:
4 silk scarves, 2 penguin dishtowels, a very goofy bit of trim, 2 odd textiles from Romania, and these beautiful placemats. WOW.
If you're in Lawrence today or tomorrow, be sure to stop by our guild's annual garage sale, tonight at 7 and tomorrow morning at 9:30. Guild members have tables full of goods at bargain prices. We all sell and buy and hope we bring home less than we brought in. It's a fun event - at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont. See you there!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It's a polyester sunflower rug in the pine-burr style we've all been admiring. That is my shadow in the lower left corner, it's in lovely shape.
The rug measures about 30" round. You'll notice the maker pinked all the polyester edges very nicely.
This shot of the rug back helps us see how it was constructed too. It seems to me that the maker used triangles of fabric, not squares like many pine-burrs we have seen.
It is a wonderful rug. Maybe someone will know the name of the person who made this a few years back ... I suspect this rug will never wear out. Thank you, Sue for letting us all admire your rug.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Luckily, we get to see him for his first birthday this week. Sometimes things work out: this year my life is much more calm and I finished the quilt. Here it is. It measures 34" x 48". It's machine stitched and quilted so it will hopefully hold up for many washings over the years.
It's made of blues and greens and shirtings I had on hand.
I gave a presentation about quilt labels this week, which got me thinking about how to label this quilt. I decided to cut out the number 1 shape and sign that. I stitched it on by machine too. I think I'll go over it again to darken up the words...
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Eagle-eyed Maggie Bonanomi spotted this rug at market.
It was in an antique booth - Cindy's Antique Quilts of Clinton, OK. Cindy was kind enough to let me photograph it.
It's made in a reverse kind of pine-burr style - it is worked from the outside to the center. The final raw edges in the center are covered with some piecing. Cindy thought it dated to the 1920s, although some of the fabrics are older than that. You can see from the detail that some wonderful quirky fabrics were used - shirtings, plaids, clarets, indigos ... you name it. It is in pristine, gorgeous condition. I didn't measure it but I'd guess it is about 2' x 4'.
The back is original. It's rough burlap with black stitching showing through.
Cindy is online at www.cindysantiquequilts.com.
Someone should buy this!! Someone who loves pine burrs!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A few more shots of things I liked:
Amy's Barickman's outfit - love the fabric.