September 7, 2007
Quilting is not something that ought to be undertaken when one has eleven people sleeping in one’s house for the Labor Day weekend. (So of course I tried it.) Carrie is really hocking me to finish up the quilt for which we have been collecting fabric in recent months, loosely based on
…this picture in this Japanese patchwork book. I’ve done the 20 inner squares, and am halfway through framing them in dark and light fabrics.
I say “loosely based” because loosely is the way I base; I am incapable of simply following a pattern, especially if it’s in Japanese. Also, I love the picture, but it would take me years to acquire a comparable stash of the exquisitely quirky fabrics used to make this quilt. I do not favor such strong primary reds and blues, so I substituted Carrie’s favorites: greens, blues, and lavenders, with lashings of Lots of Other Colors. The thing I am trying to copy most closely is the alternating dark and light frames for the squares, which to me is the key that rescues the quilt from overwhelming random patchiness.
(My epitaph: “She loved the Wrong Side.”)
In other news, I finished the Cornish Knit Frock. The WendyStart To Finish Project FidelityTM method works! The Kay Re-Sizing Denim Patterns for Unreasonably Tall MenTM method works! But more (much more) about that anon.
(I don’t like to brag, but this is a king size bed. The lack of WiFi out east made for some long stretches of denim knitting goodness.)