Quilts, Textiles and a New Kitten

Two weeks ago, we added a new kitty to our family. His name is Bing short for Binghampton. Baby, our older cat, and Bing are still getting acquainted but they appear to be peacefully co-existing. I hope the good vibes between them continue.

This past month I saw two quilt exhibits – one at the Folk Art Museum in New York City called War and Pieced, which showcases quilts “made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools from military and dress uniforms” and the other a very small exhibit of 12 contemporary quilts organized by the Piecework Collective. Both exhibits were excellent and inspiring.

Here are some photos from War and Pieced:

These quilts were extraordinary in their craftsmanship and design. What precision to cut out the small diamonds and squares. And look at the embroidery! Exquisite. The British soldiers, sailors and tailors who made these quilts in the nineteenth-century did so while convalescing from wounds they sustained in the Crimea, South Africa and India conflicts.

And here are some of the quilts from the Piecework Collective exhibit:

 

My favorite was the quilt I dubbed the ‘Sailboat Quilt’ on the lower right corner by Erin Wilson.

Finally, I leave you with these wonderful tree wraps or ‘textile graffiti’

A few weeks ago, I noticed them around 5 trees in front of a local middle school in my Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood. I was so intrigued by them and wondered if the students at the school created them for a class.  I got in touch with the principal (who is a friend) and she told me that they were made by an artist who is “very mysterious. She asked permission to apply the art and explained how her work is made of recycled materials and that students should feel free to sew buttons on to add to the art.” She didn’t reveal her name, lives most of the time somewhere in Africa but travels the world with her ‘textile graffiti.’ Visit her on Instagram #foodbabysoul where you can see more of her work. Beautiful!

Next time, I’ll post progress on Rebecca Cullin 1801.

 

 

 

 

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September 1st –

So long since I posted. Urgh!

I finished Mouline Rouge by Long Dog Samplersmoulinerouge

And Ann Tarbox from Hillside Samplings

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And picked up Rebecca Cullin from Scarlet Letter, again. She is beautiful but huge.

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Sometimes the news is so overwhelming. Thank goodness there is stitching to help me process it all. Well stitching and my wonderful family and my beautiful cat.

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Until next time.

Thanks for visiting!

 

 

Goals for 2014 – Plan and Stitch from Stash

Just before the new year, I stumbled across a post from Ali Edwards about One Little Word http://aliedwards.com/2013/12/one-little-word-2014.html .  Basically, the concept is to pick one word that will become your mantra for the year or to quote Ali “You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.”

What a great idea. After a few days of thinking – I decided I wanted to pick One Word. I thought about plan, simplify and present but ultimatley settled on PLAN.  I like it! And it is challenging. So often I allow others or outside events to plan for me. Thats ok sometimes, but I should be in the drivers seat more.

You may be wondering how it is going so far. Well, I continue to plan meals for my family a week at a time. This helps me grocery shop and it allows me to avoid the panic of ‘what on earth will I make for dinner tonight’ at 5 in the afternoon.  It also cuts down on last minute runs to the grocery store. My husband and I sat down and planned our year with regards to house projects and what vacations we would like to take. And we have plans to entertain or organize more evenings out with friends.

Now you might be thinking, what does any of this have to do with stitching? A lot as it turns out. I am also planning to stitch from my stash this year. I will be stitching projects I’ve already started and PLAN to finish many. If I start a new project, it will be from a chart I already own. I have some fibers and some fabric, so as much as possible, I will stitch from what I have. If I have to purchase some fabric or fibers, I have set a budget of $25 per month. As tempting as it is to buy more, I’ve come to realize that I have enough stitching stuff to keep me busy for at least 2 lifetimes. This concept of stitching from stash was inspired by Mel over at http://epicstitching.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page.html  who has organized a year long project called Stitch from Stash Group 2014. The group filled before I got a chance to join so I am following along.

Here are two projects I am working on. Both are SALs and this gives me confidence that I will actually finish them. One is Dorothy Walpole from Scarlet Letter and the other is Mouline Rouge from Long Dog. I have posted pictures of Mouline Rouge in the past.

Share your One Word and join me in stitching from stash! Now off to stitching and planning!

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