I’m screwed. After 4 years of absolute and almost flawless denial (what? you were expecting something less?), I was forced to endure the wrath of my MD today. I’ve gained 60 pounds in 4 years and he wants it off! Yesterday.
It’s so easy to let yourself go (and fun not to worry about it). Well now I have to worry about it, take control of it, and I have to pay the piper (just not feed him). Shit, I can’t even get a quilt finished. How am I going to lose that kind of weight? Blech!
I found this little bejeweled box at a shop in Morristown, NJ. I have a ton of these little boxes because I can’t resist buying them. I’m going to fill this one with Guatemalan worry dolls (when I find them). It’s ironic that when I’m not looking for them I find them in every junk shop across America. When I want to buy them, I can’t find them anywhere!
When I got back from Rhode Island a couple of days ago, I came home to the sweetest gift from reader, Sandi Andersen who says that she loves to “gift” people with things that she knows they will enjoy! Sandi sent me a literal “half” cup mug along with a large feedsack piece of pickles! Thanks, Sandi! You’re right! I love that fabric!
Here are a couple of vintage books that I picked up. I found the Patchwork Quilts book from an on-line auction in England. While it’s written in English it was made and printed in Denmark in 1965. Here’s the cost” 25s net. Anyone know what that means? Most of the quilt photos are in black and white but there are a couple of color photos. It really is a history book and not a pattern book.
Now the Quilter’s Coloring Book is really just a bunch of plain grids that quilters could color to create quilts. It’s the Flintstone version of EQ6! Someone wrote to me about writing a book of quilt patterns that quilters could color themselves….I knew there was on already out there so I was on a mission to find it and I found it. It’s from 1979 and cost $7.95 for 223 pages.
I spent last weekend in Rhode Island with The Quilter’s by the Sea. I love the New England quilters. No matter where I end up in New England, I find the women to have a very sharp and quick wit (make me laugh and I’m yours forever, give me attitude and I can’t be bothered). I loved this group, loved the classes, and thought that Newport was fabulous and am only sad that I didnt’ have enough time to spend there. I just had about an hour to look around.
The very best part of the meeting were the pink iced vanilla cupcakes that a member baked. They were FABULOUS! I had TWO. The table was packed full of chocolate goodies but I’m a vanilla eater, hands down. The fact that they were pink, my favorite color, made them even tastier! I loved them and have thought of them often since my visit.
I totally loved the area but, baby, you could fricking overdose on seashell motifs, crab and clam nicknacks, fishing nets, and carved sailors. Of course it all put me in the mood for a Gorton’s fish stick.
Well, maybe just a quickie with the Gorton’s Fisherman!
It’s never hard for me to remember when Newport was founded – – 1639 — the same number as my current weight.
Here are some Newport street scenes. . . It was overcast. I’ll bet it is spectacular in bright weather!
I found this pillow in a shop window. The story of my life . . .
Here is my room at the bed and breakfast.
This wallpaper was on the living room walls of the bed and breakfast. I fell in love with it and dreamed that I was making a quilt with it that night! It reminds me of Jason Yenter’s In the Beginning fabric line. I love Jason Yenter.
This woman was in my Friday class and I was so moved by her current project that I just had to take photos of it for you. She took a pattern from a Fons & Porter book — Quilts from the Henry Ford (I think). But here’s the story.
Her son is in Iraq and in order to keep sane (I’m not sure how she does it — I’d be a wreck), she would applique a blue leaf everytime she got an email from him and a red leaf everytime she speaks with him. What a wonderful idea and inspiration. I hope I got the story right — it could be the other way around…but it’s still fab-U-lous!
As we walked the streets, I looked up to find the Lion Brand Yarn headquarters. I had to snap a pic for you as I know many of you are yarn whores — me too — misery loves company.
We bought several things to showcase in Quilter’s Home from street vendors (who have web sites, by the way). Evan bought his first piece of art, a photograph from an Argentinian photographer, street vendor. Jeff framed it for him today and it’s hanging in Evan’s room.
Loved these signs that were pasted to some wooden gates near St. Mark’s Place (where we were headed for some Boho experience).
I spotted this tile floor in a closed restaurant while we were walking towards Tompkins Square Park. I love tile floors and am often inspired to craft quilts from the designs. Of course, I’m totally full of bullshit and know that I’ll never do a tile floor quilt. I’ll leave that to the real artistes!
I had totally forgotten about the Odessa Cafe. Back in the 80’s I had dinner there with Antoinette Giancana (yes, the REAL mafia princess). She was a very funny, creative lady looking for her niche. I wonder what she’s doing these days?
This sculpture twrills around when you push it. Evan was amazed when I pushed it in a circle. After we left I saw other people spin it.
This place is now a Starbucks (what the hell isn’t?). During an early visit to Manhattan, I had lunch there with author (Men in Love, The Normal Heart, Faggots) Larry Kramer. I wrote him a fan letter after reading his novel Faggots and we ended up keeping in touch. While we were eating a woman approached me. He introduced us. When she left he explained that she did the costuming for his movie Men in Love. I was speechless. I was also very young.
Evan loved dinner at The Mesa Grill. Jeff and I were less than thrilled. High priced, lukewarm food, not great cuts of meat and fish, not great service. But the evening was about Evan (Bobby Flay is his hero — but wasn’t there for an autographed copy of one of his cook books) and he couldn’t have been happier.
When you’re in New York — skip it. It ain’t what it used to be. Jeff and I had both been there several times before — in the days when you either had to be someone to get in and/or wait months for a reservation. That was in 1991 — now I’d stay away from Bobby Flay!
I got a few new books and patterns in from Martingale the other day. Look for them at your local quilt shops.
Doesn’t do it for me. It’s a $12.95 pattern that I couldn’t be the least bit interested in. It’s not that I don’t like fish (see the Gorton’s fisherman above) but it’s not pretty, interesting or even artistic. I don’t get it. I’m kinda surprised because I have usually LOVED the That Patchwork Place patterns.
A quilt themed story book. I don’t have a little girl or a granddaughter so I’m not the target audience for this book. I do think that reading to your kids is VERY IMPORTANT so while you’re reading, why not something quilt related? Kill two birds with one stone. I’ll tell you this: this book inspires me and I smell a QH article here. Keep watching.
Now you know I like cats. But 32 pages for $19.95? That’s a little over 62-cents per page. YIKES! There are only a few patterns in the book (1 quilt, 1 crib quilt, 1 wall hanging, 2 pillows and 1 cat doll) and they all kind of look alike. Cat lovers may like it (even I like the larger quit) but a whole book? Too much for too little, dawg. 😦
I leave for Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow afternoon. I get back on Sunday! See you then!
Ah, fun in the sun — and a quilt shop — Once Upon a Quilt. Can’t wait! xoxom
FRIENDS AND FOES
A friend sent me this link to Heather Thomas’ blog where she talks all about Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home. It’s pretty good. Take a look by clicking here.
Check out Creative Quilt Girl’s March 3rd entry and review of Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home. She puts me in very good company. Click here to read it.
Click hereto read the Muddling Through Life blog. She talks about the Pickle Posse Discussions.
The Knitting is Kneat-0 blog show what I have in common with her! Take a look by clicking here.
Creative Stitches by Lynn talks about her friend’s quilt in Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home. Click here to find out who her friend is.
This chick on Gayle’s Gallery blog felt the need to review Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home for the masses. Take a look by clicking here.
Caityquilter.com’s blog refers to a Mark-ism that we already know – the dream. What I love about what Caity wrote was to take our quilting dreams and apply it to what we wear — a very, very good point. To read her blog click right here, sister!
Click here to read a blog review of a book recommended in Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home.