Friday, August 11, 2006

Firstly, thanks to all those who have given advice on the thread - I think I am going to go for...cream (now why didn't I think of that - you can see why I need to ask for advice). But...I am also toying, just toying mind, with Patti's suggestion of handstitching. Although I have said that handstitching is not my favourite occupation, I can't bear to sit doing nothing either. I thought crochet had filled that gap, but somehow, right at the moment I'm not in the mood to crochet. I did once make a quilt with appliqued ducks and ducklings all over it and they were all sewn round with blanket stitch - the handstitching was effective - it wouldn't have looked half as good if I'd machine sewn it, but I can't say that I enjoyed the actual sewing. Strangely enough, I don't mind sewing down the binding on quilts at all. I'll mull it over a bit more before I make a decision, but I am tempted. Sadly, I don't have a picture of the quilt to show you those stitches - it was made for a friend's baby and I forgot to photograph it before I gave it her.


As a bit of light relief after all that cutting, I made up a couple of Tonya's http://lazygalquilting.blogspot.com/ wonky houses. Doesn't the one on the right look straightlaced against the nice and wonky one on the left? I know which one I prefer - the wonkier the better.


I have just bought this book. I think part of what attracts me to quilting isn't just the artistry and colours but the history of them too. I know this book isn't specifically about quilts but there's a sort of tenuous link. It is entirely made up of diaries and letters of women who travelled on the Western Trails, complete with spelling and grammar mistakes. It had really good reviews on Amazon, although it seems quite an academic book. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

This will be my last post for a few days so have a good weekend all.

10 comments:

Patti said...

Just to be sure I made myself clear - I read my comment on your previous post and decided I wasn't clear - I would do a hand blanket stitch to appliqué them - not an invisible stitch one usually thinks of when one thinks of appliqué. Blanket stitch by hand can go very quickly when using enbroidery thread and stitches that are about 1/8" apart.

dot said...

I like the wonky houses. WOnky can be anything you want. Makes things more interesting when they are all different.

Tonya R said...

The houses look great - fabulous bright fun.

book recommendation for you:

"Treasures in the Trunk: Quilts of the Oregon Trail" by Mary Bywater Cross

Wheee, when I just looked up the info on the book, I found it for a great used price, so I just bought it. Great stories and some beautiful quilts.

Tazzie said...

Your houses look great! I love the wonky one, but I love the sky on the other one too! I was thinking I wonder what kind of weather we'd be having for the sky to look like that!
With regard to Tonya's comment ... I have the Treasures in the Trunk book too, and I just love it. Like you, I love the stories that go with the quilts. I will have to look for the Covered Wagon Women book ... maybe next month ...
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Screen Door said...

Have fun this weekend. I'm going to knock out the chores and play in my sewing room.
I like the wonky house best....love the colors....
Melanie

Finn said...

Hi Fiona, I've probably missed you by now, but I'm going to leave my "happy trip to Berlin" wishes anyway..*VBS*

The book looks wonderful, I'll be curious to hear if you like it. I have bought quite a few over the years about the western movement and woman's diaries and journals. It always fascinates me and it seems that quilts were part of nearly everyones lives back then. So while the book isn't specially like The Quilt That Walked To Golden, quilting will be a part of it.
Glad you are considering the hand stitching..*VBS*

Libby said...

I'll be anxious to hear how you enjoy the book. I have copies of the two mentioned by Tonya and Finn as well as couple others that were the product of quilt documentation projects. I love looking at the quilts, but always long for a little bit more about the women. Covered Wagon Women may just be the one to give that information.
Good luck with the stitching. I am such a fan of handwork -- I can be a good cheerleader should you need one.

Passionate Quilter said...

I love the houses! I love bright fabrics anyway and wonky just adds to the appeal. I just did my first free form letters--houses next!

cher said...

glad to see you caught a dose of the wonky house fever...they look great!

EileenKNY said...

I envy you being able to hop over to Germany or France or wherever just for a long weekend. I was in Germany for 2 weeks back in the '80s, and I loved it.
I like the wonky houses, but my anal side tends toward the one on the right. I'm trying to beat the anal side down, so I do like the one on the left too.