Wednesday, 1 December 2010

WIP Wednesday: A little quilt, + nice weather for huskies

I’ve missed the last couple of WIP Wednesdays, which is a shame, so I wanted to do this one even though I’ve not got much in the way of WIPs to share: so apologies for the lack, please bear with me and hopefully I'll do better next week! I’ve been busy photographing things for etsy, and I began to feel this morning that perhaps things had got a bit out of control: the postman brought something to the door and as he gave it to me he said, really cheerfully, ‘I can see you, hanging bags up and taking photos! I don’t know what that’s all about!’ And then he skippety-skipped off down the path, laughing all the way. So now the postman thinks I am some kind of Foldaway Shopper fetishist, possibly bombarding some disreputable magazine or other with pictures for the cloth bag Readers’ Wives equivalent. Anyway! Thanks to Tami from Tami’s Amis for her hosting, and to see people with more stuff than me – much of it woolly – go and have a look at the WIP Wednesday post on her blog.
Actually I quite like it there. Perhaps I could just put a chair in front of the hole instead. Or stand in front of it when visitors come
This is my WIP. It’s a mini art quilt. I’m calling it a mini art quilt even though it’s made to go over a hole in the other chimney breast so we don’t have to have more builders until next year. I’m pretty sure art quilts aren’t intended to camouflage inadequate housing, in fact I’m absolutely certain that the kind of people who have Art Quilts don’t also have woodchip and dodgy chimney breasts. I think they have functional houses and furniture which doesn’t come from Argos and Sofa Sofa. But at least I’m being innovative! It’s made from 2.5 inch squares, which were a bugger to cut out and made no discernable difference to the Scrap Bag, which has taken on a life of its own to the extent that I’m going to have to start giving it voting rights and a cup of tea in the mornings.
Spot the purple spotty fabric. That is my top favourite
It needs binding, backing and quilting and then I shall hang it and we will pretend the hole in the wall doesn’t exist. Hooray! Can I take a similar approach to the structural crack in the bedroom, do you think? (Also wanted to say, Mumma Troll made a lovely small quilt recently - have a look at hers!). And to finish, here’s a photo of a certain someone enjoying the snow.
Hmm. Race memories stir while I am kept toasty by my fur, which is so thick it is actually impenetrable
This is Milo the Very Friendly Husky, who is my brother’s dog, and he is frolicking here in my parents’ garden in Derbyshire. Look at all that snow! No doubt for my family it is bringing back memories of the terrible Winter of 1990, when we had no water or electricity for weeks and all had to huddle round my cousin John’s gigantic flashlight and melt snow on the gas ring so we could flush the toilet. Gosh it was terrible. We in Cambridge are just very cold and icy so far, though, which is good because I am no good with physical hardship, as you may remember from the bathroom performance. Anyway, I am glad Milo is having a good time. Keep warm, everyone, and may all your WIPs flourish.


Tami Klockau said...

WOW, that is a LOT of snow! Milo is adorable. :)

The quilt is beautiful and I think you should just keep it there, even when you don't have a hole! LOL

CraftyCripple said...

when you think about it craft is meant to be functional. That's how it started, you are just tapping into your crafting heritage by hiding holes with your pretty fabric. I'm sure it must have been done before. That's how curtains started!

paula said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I think you should leave it, as well. Hope it keeps you warm!

West/CJ said...

The quilt is gorgeous. And I don't think there's actually any official rules about what you're supposed to do with a quilt. If there is, someone has far too much time on their hands.

Milo is gorgeous, too, as always.

Denise said...

I love your mini quilt. The colors are quite cheerful.

I really believe that the first art/wall quilts were made to hide the dodgy areas.

Marushka C. said...

I have a theory that the reason we call quilting, knitting, etc., "crafts" rather than art is because of the practical origins and applications. So brava to you for putting your practical art right up where you can both use it and admire it.

autumngeisha said...

The quilt/hole coverer is both beautiful and functional. Wasn't there a Modern Art movement based on those two premises?

Mumma Troll said...

Everytime I see photos of your fabric makes I think hold on I recognise that I worry we will will end up with twin quilts,lol.Thanks for the mention, and I love your art quilt. Are you going to do some radical quilting patterns on it?.x

Rachel said...

wow that quilt is lovely so neat, i am doing what feels like a million and they are not neat at all, still the thought that counts x