The current state of the lounge room:
Yes. Tomorrow is the Day Of Ironing, because Tuesday, they go back to school! It seems very strange to not have Matthew's green uniform there... What's this blue and khaki stuff (I really do prefer his old uniform)? Never mind. As it was disgustingly hot today, I decided to stay away from the sun and hang the wet washing up inside.
Tomorrow is also the day of pick the dry cleaned blazers up, get the kids a haircut and the meet and greet of the new teachers at school.
Some of the mums at school think I'm weird for washing the uniforms before the kids wear them, but with both the kids seem to have very sensitive skin, and I could just feel the sizing on the uniforms. Nope. Warm wash with lots of washing powder - TWICE.
Tomorrow I get to "Crisp" them. How I love the smell of Crisp starch. Lovely. Takes me straight back to my childhood, smelling Mum's nurses uniform and veil.
Continuing my good fortune at the library (public), I got hold of a really good jewellry making book by the inimitable Jackie Guerra, as well as a copy of Sandra Meech's book 'Contemporary Quilts, Design, Surface and Stitch'.
'Dazzling Beaded Jewelry' was great and really lived up to expectations. However, Contemporary Quilts was a bit of a let down.
The cover was really good, and seemed to be a good sign of the content, but (and this is only in my humble opinion) there was far too much emphasis on the paper and other oddities, and not enough on the fabric.
I'm sorry, but even 'contemporary' quilts are, by and large, mainly fabric! At least when Maggie Grey wrote Paper, Metal and Stitch with Jane Wild, you knew what you were getting, and it wasn't 'quilting'. Not as such...
I don't know. Perhaps it was just that everyone had been recommending this book for so long that I'd built it up in my head too much. It may also be that I have consumed far too many Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines, which have these techniques well covered.
Speaking of which, the most recent issue (despite the questionable taste of the cover - again only IMHO!!!!!), is Fan-bloody-tastic! I really enjoyed the free motion quilting article, and the reminder of the very useful facing as a binding method. Perhaps I am just a very basic person, but if I see one more article on how to produce 'Vomit Fabric' (TM)* I'll vomit!
At the opposite end of the spectrum to Vomit Fabric (TM), I have been using the wonderful Quilt Patis to hand piece a lap quilt for the Silent Auction at the Girls school fete in October.
Lessee, erm, February to October. I think I'm fairly safe in saying that I'll get it done. Even with my slow rate of output...
I am still sorting out my beading and sewing stuff. Trying to find places for everything. Here's the rest of my "Superiors" that are to be kept away from the 'lesser' threads 8-)
I realise that buying pre-wound bottom line bobbins may seem incredibly lazy and wasteful, but a friend used them and said that she thinks that the difference that having a perfectly wound and tensioned bobbin is worth the money. So I got just one packet to try.
In order to save money, I got the sampler spools, where you don't get to pick the colour. Hey, for that much cheaper, I'll gladly accept any colour. Great way to build up the stash. I am now also being very brave and trying polyesters, as Bob from Superior Threads wrote a very good article doing a Mythbusters on the "polyester threads will cut through your quilt and ruin it" myth.
I had religiously avoided using anything but pure cotton on the basis of it would kill the quilt (or garment), as at least three quilting doyens had told me as a biblical truth that polyester would cut through the cotton fabric if you used it for piecing or quilting. Now I find out that this is really not true, which has lead me to experiment with the Bottom Line for piecing. Particularly as the stitches just 'go away'.
*Vomit Fabric (TM). Where a textile artist will completely bury an unsuspecting and innocent piece of base fabric in every concievable manner of things, ranging from garbags to Angelina fibres, shredded tampons to silk tops, Shiva sticks to paddle pop sticks, then cover it with chiffon/organza/other sheer, free motion embroider it until it is dead, then attack it with a heat gun. Once distressed (I'd be more than 'distressed') it is then attacked with more 'techniques' and usually the rubbing of Treasure Gold or more Shiva Sticks. The artist then is stuck with a usually totally unusable piece of fabric. But it's art mate. (Ask me how I know)
I am not offended by the actual Vomit Fabric, (after all, I enjoy a good play the same as anyone and have produced my fair share of it) merely the fact that we are all supposed tolove it, oooh and ahhh over it and produce it. It is in every magazine you get, and it is becoming as passe as bloody butterfly wings and pointy hats in collages!
I am also a bit worried that we may have 'gone about as fer as we can go' (apologies R&H). When does it stop being an exciting creative process and become just another cliche?