Saturday, June 29, 2024

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 6.29 Fiorucci Patch and Bear Patch



To cover the navy rayon bamboo print patch, I wanted something with red...
Rummaging through my "Red" scraps bag, I found a favorite Fiorucci shirt that I bought in the 80s.
It is super faded, but then I looked at the inside...

Nice and bright!
On the right side, I used a kid's conversational print patch. This came from a weird tiny garment bag that Larry let me have.

I also added some needle weaving, here's a closeup:

Friday, June 28, 2024

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 6.28 Marni Patch

 Before we get to the patch work, let's pause for a cuppa

The colors of the Russel Wright china matches the star graphics perfectly!
I was sad to see those holes in the top star (thanks/no thanks to Lou the cat).
This patch came from a tee that I purchased at Canal Jeans (NYC, RIP) in 1996 and wore when I went on safari in Tanzania that fall.

Visible mend or patch?
This came from a Marni dress that I got from Mel in a clothing swap at a blogger meetup in Vancouver BC in 2015.
The dress was always too small (I grabbed it for the print) and I deconstructed it before COVID.
Admittedly, this bit came to mind because it had escaped the Mending Bag and was on the floor in plain sight.


Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 6.26 Friend Patch Visible Mends

Laurey created this patch for the Mend and Make Friends 2023 patch exchange.
We were patch pairs.
I decided to add it to the quilt, and I don't remember what I covered up.

This is the patch in March 2023 before it went on the quilt

Fast forward 15 months, it now looks like this
worse for wear, as they say
First I worked on the sad orange circle, lower right
French Knots! Blanket Stitching!
Then I decided to do preventative mending on all the other raw edges
It's a Bonanza of Blanket Stitching!
We'll see how this lasts.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 6.24 Needle Weaving

 I covered up the Harris Tweed (next to the Old Faithful patch).

It was a scrap from a sport coat that I made for the wasbund senior year at Otis.
Lisa twinned with me, for her husband Tim. (I wonder if he still has his?)
During the project, we learned hand tailoring techniques.
That jacket was like armor! Not really suitable for the SoCal climate.


The needle weaving totally covered it.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 6.23 Patches


The Boss finally made his appearance:
I used aa plaid that I designed for Bridgeport lounge pants

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 6.22 Visible Mend


Begone damn spot!
That stain was driving me nuts.
It was at the top edge of the quilt and I saw every time I was in bed.
A nice little visible mend.
I want to mention the "flag" bark cloth print above the mend.
This came from a vintage skirt that I purchased in Providence circa 1979-81.
The patch came from excess when I shorted the hem.
Though it no longer fits, I still have the skirt, somewhere in the giant mending bag.
I like the print too much to release it.

Crazy Quilt Dossier: 2024 Repairs


The quilt in 2020
It's quilt mending season, when it's too hot to have the quilt on the bed.
Last summer, it spent the entire summer draped on the living room coffee table, and I don't think I did a lick of stitching.

I will do better this year!

On the table, ready to mend
Random restitching patch joins are not worth documenting, but when it gets to new patches and/or visible mending (embroidery), I'm going to go into before/afters and my textile memories.

Older posts about the quilt can be found via this link

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

10 on the 14th: Valentine's Edition

Answering 10 questions! This is a fun monthly thing instigated by Marsha In the Middle.
Page 5 of a stitched book project.
See explanation here.

This month it's all about Romance!

1. Would you rather have fruit dipped in chip dip or potato chips dipped in chocolate?
Either way, it could possibly work...

2. Would you rather publicly sing a love song or recite an original poem to your significant other?

3. Would you rather share the best meal of your life with Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton?
Dolly. She is a queen!

4. Would you rather receive a dozen perfect black roses or one rose in the color you love most?
If the roses have a scent, I'll take as many as I can get.

5. Would you rather spend an entire week of February dressed only in pink with purple hearts or red with orange hearts?
Any combo is fine with me. It's only a week.
Fun fact: Pink and Orange were the color and decor at Cakemasters, my first job when I moved to NYC in 1977.

6. Would you rather be treated to a day driving a Maserati around the Indy 500 race track or go for a carriage ride in the Scottish Highlands?
I already get the Indy 500 experience when Severo drives! I'll take a leisurely carriage ride and I'd love to see the Scottish Highlands.

7. Would you rather have your Valentine pizza delivered by Dwayne Johnson (the Rock) or Jason Statham?

8. Would you rather sleep on red satin sheets or flannel sheets with teddy bears on them?
Flannel! I love flannel sheets, even in the summer! Anyhow, most satin sheets are polyester and gross.

9. Would you rather receive a box of chocolates with your least favorite fillings or a bouquet of flowers to which your are allergic?
I'll take the chocolates. One can always eat just the chocolate part if the filling is too nasty.

10. Would you rather go on a surprise date or have planned it yourself?
Surprises are usually good with Severo, except for our first Valentine's dinner date, when he chose going to The Cheesecake Factory without a reservation. I think the wait was going to be something like three hours! (This is a constant source of joking every February 14). The night was rescued when we changed course, went to Chinatown, and had a restaurant to ourselves!

Be sure to check out Marsha’s post and her link party for more responses!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

10 on the 10th: Ten Things for 2024

Answering 10 questions! This is a fun monthly thing instigated by Marsha In the Middle.

For January, Marsha wants us to make plans:
1. Continue to sketch pastel landscapes. A 100 Day challenge started 11/17/23

2. Relocate bags of scraps from the living room to the art closet. This means I have to find a home for everything in the art closet.
3. Do an art fair. stARTup Dallas? Other Fair LA? Superfine SF?

4. Drive across the southern edge of Canada en route to my 50th high school reunion in Troy, NY.

5. Get road trip maps collaged into a blank book BEFORE the trip. No repeat of 2014 and 2019.
Journal it in real time this time. (Finished the 2014 book on 5/26/22)

6. Become a certified Feng Shui consultant! (Ha. You didn't expect THAT one, did you!)

7. Apply to at least one juried art show and one grant every month.

8. On that note, make "Bloom" art for "Bloom" exhibition, application due 1/19.

9. 26 Fluevog sketches and patterns for the annual A-Z Blogging challenge in April.
Upload to Redbubble.

10. 100 more subscribers to my art email. WHAT? You're not on the A-list? Join here!

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