Thursday, September 08, 2005

Back at Work!!!

The two faces of our heroine. The first, the mug shot, is the dramatic depiction of my non-artmaking state. Just a blah worthless misery that pervades every corner of my world. The second is that inexplicable joyfullness that exudes from every pore and brings light to all within range of my aura.

O boy! I am working again! The patternworks are crankin' out the good stuff now. Determined to make new patterns of best loved former quilts was stroke of genius, if I do say so myself.

When one remakes a quilt one eliminated all the doodoo things one did in the original. Simplifying and emphasizing the parts so that the good stuff rises to the fore, making a better second than the first. Plus one has the previous work to use as a road map, thus eliminating the indecision, the panic state, the hesitation, the roadblocks etc.


Teeny lesson here for nouveau fusers: This picture shows the fused parts being aligned with the cartoon. This is not what you would be doing. Instead there would be a piece of Wonder-Under release paper under the fabric parts here. I just removed it so you could see where these pieces will fit into the larger design.


And now for something completely different. There are days when all the good in the universe comes raining down at once. These last two days have been just that. Old debts have been paid, cash flow has been restored, housekeeping is under control, and artwork is moving along swimmingly. AND THEN a real cherry on the sundae appears. I had to stop at the store for a few items and the store being very near the resale shop...I had to see if any wool sweaters may have appeared, even tho I have PUT AWAY ALL MY YARN.
No sweaters.
Well, just this one, which turns out to be the long awaited replacement for the disgustingly baggy faded black sweatshirt-cardigan that I wore for ten years. This lovely jacket is originally from Talbott's and is 100% merino wool, in PETITE!!! so the arms aren't four feet long and it has two, count 'em, two pockets. It buttons without grabass, and the shoulders have slim padding which promotes good posture, or at least the illusion of good posture. And last but not least it only cost $6!! I am in heaven. I will be the belle of the studio this winter when my studio gets rather chilly despite raging irons. I will wear this jewel to the store the post office and the gas station, all my usual haunts. I will pick it up to cast over my pjs to check the mail box and answer the door, I will not look like the slob I resembled whilst still under the spell of the aformentioned sweatshirt.
Sigh.

Ok so I got out a little yarn. I am making a shawl for the shoulders which feel a chill in dress-up clothes. I usually wear black or white for fancy occasions so this polyfluff will do the trick. It is from the Shape It! scarf pattern in this book.

Speaking of fancy occasions, Laura W is having a soiree in the City, Fiber Dye-It, an exhibit of her quilt artwork and the world is invited. Of course that means tomorrow's blog will have fotos of the glitteratti, and I will be writing the review for SAQA. I insisted. I am her long time fan and fellow faculty member of the Chicago School of Fusing. WE are so proud.

8 comments:

  1. So happy to see your smiles! So great to find a bargain. Especially since you'll need the extra dollars when you pay for the gas at the gas station while wearing the spunky new jacket. Hey, guess what I bought at Joann's with my 40% coupon... an iron on a stick. How have a managed for so long without it?

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  2. I love that scarf! I made it in a cobalt (with primary color variegation) ribbon. Your scarf will be wonderful in fluffy white! The Knit Stitch book is on my wishlist, as I am more than a beginning knitter, but not yet a good one.

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  3. Dearest thin one, let's forget about the art...we all know you've got that nailed...famous artquilter type with groupies and all...let's talk about how fabu you look in that black sweater..runway thin and stylish. But I ask, sweater? It is going to be 99F here today...I am trying to think of things to take off.

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  4. You always find such bargains! I am looking forward to a little cooler weather, but not today. We are heading to Kansas City and I think it will be in the 90's.

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  5. Sweater? Its a jacket! Or cardigan! Sweaters don't have openings all the way up the front! But then you Yanks have strange words for things! grin But its very stylish and looks good!

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  6. Melody, your before/after portraits look like those on the makeover shows...and all you did was SMILE.

    The sweater...if I could fit in it, I'd beg for it because it's totally my speed. You look extra chic in your pencil jeans. Flaunt it, Mama!

    Let's see, what other brown-nosing comments can I make? First, I'll have to go and wash my face off.

    Love you most!

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