Sunday, April 06, 2014

Treasures From The Vault

You might have heard about the amazing collections of stuff my mother has saved over the years.  Her house is the Mary Poppins carpetbag of houses.  Where has she been keeping all of this?  Does she have a secret basement?  I've posted many photos on Facebook of things my mother has given away in recent years.  Here are this week's treasures, which will now go into MY collections.  I will actually use the needles, so that is how I justify accepting those.  The bone crochet hook just appeals to me, although I don't crochet.  The buttons on the cards, well, I remember when my mother and I went through a phase of buying discontinued buttons at Hancock's on Webb Chapel in Dallas during the sixties.  I think they were $.10 per card.  There are plenty of those still in my own stash, but many of them were used back in the day when I was actually sewing clothes (imagine!).

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


April 23 is the deadline for finishing my quilt that will be included in an exhibit at the International Radiation Protection Association conference in Geneva, Switzerland in June.  Several of my friends are as busy as I am, trying to start, I mean FINISH our quilts.  The best motivation is a looming deadline, and this one is hanging heavily over my head.  But I'm making progress!

Here are a few photos of my WIP (work in progress) as we quilters call it.  I painted a background with Pebeo Setacolors, heat set it and then ironed on hundreds (thousands?) of die-cut freezer paper circles.  Tomorrow or the next day I will spray on additional layers of color, and those circles will serve as a resist, leaving the color beneath untouched.  I hope.  Oh, please...

I'll be posting updates soon!

 I got a stiff neck while ironing those circles on when the board was standing up, so I finally wised up and put it on a table.  Still, after a few hundred circles last night, I was tired with a capital T!