Monday, April 28, 2008
And so to Google for ideas. I want to be able to rotate quilts of different colours so will go for a neutral wall space. However, the quilts are likely to differ in size and as they are not made yet(!) I can't plan what so going where. So, how shall I plan to hang them? Particularly on this wall, which is high and needs somthing pre-installed that I can either reach without a stepladder or which can be pulled up and down easily. (It is the bathroom wall which overhangs the whole stair well.)
I could put up fixed poles and make quilts sized to the space. That will work fine on this overhang wall which will take one single large quilt well. I am happy fishing a pole over the bannister onto a fixed cuphook when I want to change that quilt. But I feel that that fixed hooks at fixed heights and width would curtail spontaneous creativity for the other walls.
Ami Simms has a 'No See um' idea but unless I read it wrongly It still requires a fixed curtain rail although it allows for differing quilt widths.
These hangers are attractive and can be moved from quilt to quilt as required but still require nails in the wall which might become visible if I move to a smaller quilts. ( I am wondering if I install a high picture rail and use these over suspended picture hooks that might work?) Or, it seems you can use these removable adhesive strips with them - but that does not solve the problem of how to reach up to fill the space on the tall wall along the stairs.
I then recalled this method using monofilament and then then I found this pulley system - I have my Dad now exploring http://www.ironmongeryonline.com/ for pulleies to see if we can better the cost and design, not least, we thought, by desiging boxes to hide the unslightly pullies
Does anyone have experience of hanging quilts on a pulley system and have any advice for me?
Any other bright ideas?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
and this because, um, well it was there.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Anyway, I got to court to find that all the lawyers had had a fit of agreeing costs (and costs of costs) and only one tiny thing went ahead. This was just sufficient to confirm to me that I was doing it right already and probably was panicking when I took a day off to learn if I was doing it right. So, I ended up at home early. With time to finish the quilt top made from my log cabin scraps.
And, because the Gods are conspiring to bankrupt me, my work diary is also blank for tomorrow. But there are still scraps left from the log cabin. And now there are scraps from the scrap quilt....
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
here is the book that greatly assisted in my understanding of the benefit of sketchbooks
and here is some fabric acquired specifically to create the quilts now in my head and inspired by this exhibition. I'll show you whenever I get chance to actually make them!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Imagine my surprise - this quilt scored 74/80 in the Judging! And yes, I cried when I opened the comment letter. I lost marks on the quilting design and quilting workmanship which is absolutely fair because the quilting plan was, 'Right, its under the needle, now how shall I scribble on it?' It was done in about 5 hours at Midsomer Quilting who lent me a room when I was on holiday and I was unable to maintain stitch regularity at the end because I was aching so much. I got 8/10 for each of those two categories which has determined that my next few months have to be spent practising quilting!!
and 'White women can quilt', made with the scraps.
This is of execrable quality (If one were to be controversial one might say 'inspired by Gees Bend in more ways than one'!) and I showed it only for the fun of hanging about on the otherside of the screen, peeking through the gap at the edge and eavesdropping on what people thought of it, as I knew it would be very different in style from all the others. ( The two hung together). The reactions were very different - people reacted to 'She is more precious' 'comfortably' - comments like, ' Oh thats pretty' or, 'I like the colours.' When they came to White Women, heads tended to go to one side and they examined it for longer and more thoughfully. ( On occasions there were signs of outright confusion / horror!)
Initial visual impact including the overall appearance and appeal. Interpretation of any chosen theme (5) (8) (8)
Is the design balanced (6) (8) (10)
Use of Colour
Appropriate use of colour (7) (8) (10)
Precision of workmanship includng invisible appliqe stitches, precise piecing etc appropriate to the technique chosen (4) (5) (10)
Use of chosen materials
Have the materials chosen worked well in the design ( including appropriate use of challenge fabric in the special category (6) (8) (10)
Framing and finishing
Where appropriate the framing borders and edge finish pieces of the piece (5) (6) (10)
Appropriateness of the quilting design to the design of the piece (4) (7) (8)
Evenness of hand quilting or regularity of machine stitches (4) (6) (8)
Total ( 41/80) (56/80) (74/80)
This is the one, by Anja Townrow I would have voted winner but in fact it did not get a place at all.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I noted that she considered what she had bought before which was similar and how it had sold. ( for stashing I guess that means did you ever use the last shocking pink with lime poka dots you bought?)
Then, I saw her taking the samples out to the shop to see where the gaps in her colour range was. ( I don't expect that a shop will let you take the fabric home to do this but you could look at yout stash and the gaps in it before you go.)
She sought opinions of her staff. ( And me as well) Translate: shop with a friend. In my experience of show shopping with my buddy Lesley this works extremely well as she observes me gravitating to my natural greens and browns and sticks firmly and persuasively to her prior instructions from me to make me buy brights. Then she lets me have the autumn tones as well.
Finally, De got to the stage of choosing how much to buy. I paid good attention here. I always have the same dilema. If I buy FQs I can have soooo many pretty prints. If I get half meters I'll probably find it a more useful length but will have to put some back to stay with in budget. But borders and backing need really big pieces. So do I spend by budget on several meters of just one or two fabrics? I watched carefully and now all is clear. .......I need to increase my budget and buy about eighty bolts in a go. Aha. Easy when you know how.