Stained Glass Patchwork

Second and third finishes of the year.

These are gifts for a co-worker. I Googled “quilted plant mat” and found an image for stained glass mug rug. That became my inspiration.

I started by laying scraps on the cutting mat to see if I could just use what I already had. Mostly, yes. I did cut down a couple of 5″ charms, but basically the rest were cutoffs from other projects.

I found the video first, then this blog post and used the method described to add the sashing strips. I used leftover black fabric torn for the kitchen rug. I did not cut the black strips to match the patch, instead I trimmed off the extra after it was sewn on.

My strips are wonky but I love the way the black sets off the colors. Plus wonky = handmade with love.

The back is pieced from more leftover fabric bits.

Viola! Here is the front…

…and the back.

I decided to make another reversing the color placement swaping light for dark.

This time I started with bits from my neutral bin.

And came up with this. Here is what I changed from the blog method:

Using the half inch seam guide on the sewing machine was more accurate than folding the strips. But it also resulted in narrower sashing.

I also remembered to make the back a little more interesting by tilting it a bit before I cut it to size for the front.

The aftermath. There is the kitchen rug peeking out in the upper left hand corner. I don’t think I will have time to play with it this weekend because I have to adult and do chores.

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Second project of the year

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I planned to post this sooner as a sneak peak.

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I am nearly finished with the border and ready to get to the fun part.

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Not that tearing a zillion strips of fabric isn’t fun, but it gets tedious, especially cleaning off the strings.

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Yes, I got tired of that part. Trim later.

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I have no idea if I have made enough for my project. I spent the better part of the day getting to this stage.

Now, I can play.

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Someone loves her new bed now. Mission accomplished.

The Big Finish

of a little cat bed…

I wish I could add a gratuitous cat loving her new bed picture, but alas, she is completely ignoring it at this stage. That has not deterred me from wanting to make her another one in a different style.

Wishing you all a happy, healhy stash busting 2019!

In Support of Sewing Your Own

I found this snarky rant against women’s ready to wear clothing:

I am glad to see I am not the only one wondering if some virulent form of insanity is requisite to style and make retail clothing for women these days. I confess, I chuckled at several points while reading the article.

I do not think of myself as puritanical, uptight or repressed. Just sensible. This coming week will focus on getting a pants draft and making pants. Because I sure can’t buy them. I have tried for several years and the compromises need to stop.

I found that Cracked article after Googling the question, “Why are women’s dress pants so close fitting?” I became very frustrated looking for inspiration in Google images and fitting tips and finding only the opposite. Lots of how-to’s for making your clothes as tight as possible, zero on making dress pants that would be considered normal in style and ease for a man.

Honestly, not all of us want to wear something that looks spray painted on. Even if I were as sleek as a panther, I would never wear leggings or yoga pants to work or anywhere out of my home really, out of self respect.

That is not to disparage you if you love wearing form fitting fashions; more power to you. I am speaking for myself here. I am old, lumpy and have sciatica. Tight pants that feel like they are trying to garrote my lady garden? No thanks.

Quilters for Diversity

I do not know why I just found this when it was written four years ago.

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I saw the badge on the side bar of a quilting blog. I need to share it here as well.

Let me explain. I am one of the people who feels a little twinge of discomfort and sometimes outright sadness when crafting blog after blog, video, retreat, guild and meet up photo show exactly zero women like me.

I am not saying this is intentional in all cases. But I want to know why is this still happening?

I have been the rare token in such groups and was definitely treated differently from the other women. My remarkably similar socioeconomic background, education, morals, language, national history, and borderline addiction to quilting all paled compared to that other thing.

My year round tan and slanted eyes seem to be varying degrees of off putting. Instead of a fellowship of quilters, an invisible wall stood between us. The little hints in the way you looked at and spoke to me; the palatable sense of ill-ease. Perhaps I should I have worn a badge that said “Colored NOT Criminal”.

Christmas was so awkward, but I did my best to play along. While we were making our tree skirts, I did not tell you I was atheist because I did not want to be rejected from the group. I crafted along side you as well as I could.

I will never forget the meeting where a rant went round the room because “Queers had ruined the rainbow.” I think that marked my last time at that guild.

“But!” you cry, “Surely not in 2018. We embrace women of color, we embrace queer women. We embrace diversity!”

Except you don’t.

“We have don’t have a problem with all of you.”

If that were true, we would be there with you at your shop hops and classes, along side you at quilt shows and *gasp* we would gleefully, creatively, respectfully participate.

Drop the damned labels and preconceptions. We do not have to be alike to be quilting comrades. Treat me like you want to be treated and we will get along just fine.

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I wrote about leaving the guild I was making the donation quilt blocks for. But, I did not say why I left it. Now I don’t have to.

And then there is MeWe, the Facebook clone organized and based solely on hatred of Facebook. Were that were not distasteful enough, said organization allows hate groups similar to Stormfront, maintains monochromatic optics and ignores all suggestions relating to diversity and inclusion.

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Thank you   for speaking out on this topic. It bears repeating and offered me an opportunity to get a weight off my shoulders.