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Getting Lost in Time

Dresden quilt block

©Coffee and Cotton


I have been hanging onto a stack of these Dresden blocks. I bought them at a vintage goods store. All are made from 1930’s/1940’s fabrics. Originals, not reproductions. Someone lovingly cut and pieced them together…unplugged. I think they were assembled incorrectly because I can’t seem to turn the edges evenly to applique {I think I may need to release part of their seams}. None-the-less they make me daydream.
Who was the woman or man that made the blocks? Was the clothing, that later became quilt material, worn by a farmer’s wife, a beloved child, a husband? Perhaps a more modern family dwelling in an urban area? Was the sewing interrupted by crying babies, cooking for family, heartaches? Why were they never assembled? Why did those related to the quilter not keep them?
See how my mind can go down paths and make up dreamy stories as I go? I did the same thing when I lived in 2 Victorian homes in the SF Bay. My mind’s eye would see women in long dresses walking along the beach or men in their Tweed pulling the horse and buggy up to the wood sided garage… all while I stood at my sink washing dishes.
Am I alone here? Does your mind easily wander go down paths of imagined history?

And what is life? A crazy quilt;
Sorrow and joy, and grace and guilt,
With here and there a square of blue
For some old happiness we knew;
And so the hand of time will take
The fragments of our lives and make,
Out of life’s remnants, as they fall,
A thing of beauty, after all

~ “A Crazy Quilt” by Douglas Malloch

EveryWhichWayBut…

Not quilting. I got sidetracked. I know. Those that know me are screaming “SHOCKER!” with a sarcastic tone.
I have reasons. My concentration level got gobsmacked. My son…yeah, THAT one…crashed his bike… again…crash number… I don’t remember but at least it did not involve a car. Face planted. Front teeth broken in half. What am I to do? Glue his feet to the ground or duct tape him to his bed? Nah. Of my 9 kids he is the third to break his front teeth. They will get reconstructed and we’ll move on. His days of chomping into a caramel apple or a frozen Snickers® are over. Even when I take a photo of him he can’t stay grounded.
See what I mean?

Anyhoo-ba-stank… this is what I sat and did whilst centering myself. It is Kumihimo Braiding So simple and mindless to do. I am using Noro Daria. It is a silky rope type of yarn.

{ETA} I ordered the Kumihimo Braiding Disc HERE:
Kumihimo Starter Kit: KumiLoom Disk/Bobbins/Booklet/Cord

Before…

I decided to reorganize my sewing room… wait, I mean my STooooDio… sounds much more sophisticated.
I am not one that can focus on one small area at a time. Nope not me. I have to MAJOR clean and tear everything apart and then get overwhelmed and quit put it all back together.
Here is some before pictures. . . and believe me they are not the worst ones! You’ll notice my machines aren’t here. They are in my bedroom waiting to return. You don’t see the huge box of trash. Or bins of fabric…or…or……..


Hopefully tomorrow I will have accomplished my goal and have some ‘After’ pics.
Oy! I’m so tired and verklempt!

Sidetrack Hexagon Needlecase

I am known to be easily bored, distracted, sidetra….OOooo look at that pretty… yeah, well I love making the hexagons but I needed a break.
I made a needle case with a little pincushion on top. The pincushion part was made by stuffing the smallest hex with some wool roving. Again I apologize for camera phone pictures.
Wasn’t it bad enough that last year someone dropped and killed my Digital SLR and I had to resort to a point-n-shoot? Must be karma for complaining. My lil’ point-n-shoot is now shooting pics of storm damage off in another land with Mr. Coffee. Ack! Look! I’m even sidetracked in my post! All that to say if the pics of the needlecase / pincushion looks like a mini boob to you, it does to me too. I think. Maybe not. I mean, who has hexagonal boobs???

{{{ Any interest in a tutorial for this?? }}}






{©2010 Coffee & Cotton}

Blog Interrupted {turn away if easily grossed out}

ALMOST LAST CHANCE TO LOOK AWAY OR WITNESS THE GORE
NEARLY LAST CHANCE TO LOOK AWAY OR WITNESS THE GORE
GETTING CLOSE TO LAST CHANCE TO LOOK AWAY OR WITNESS THE GORE
YA KNOW YA WANNA LOOK LAST CHANCE TO LOOK AWAY OR WITNESS THE GORE

My son was accidentally pushed through a window at school. I thought they were supposed to use safety glass???
Anyway, after stitching his nose back on and cauterizing an artery he will be fine.

READY?
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE?
IT AIN’T PURTY…EEEEWWWW
IT HURT MY POOR BABY A LOT A LOT
OKAY I WARNED YOU
DRUMROLL……………

Hello 'Dave'

Hey!

Whut?

This is your Blog?

My blog types? That’s freeky…in a ventriloquist sort of way

Cut the jokes. Why aren’t you FEEDING me. I am hongree. Blogs need love too.

I have a life ya know but I do think about you often. I am easily sidetracked??

Aw, you’re a sweet blogmeister…neglective, but sweet.

Gee thanks. I love you too.

I needed a break. But I will be back later this week with all kinds of eye candy.
Candy? I want candy… I wonder if I still have that candy I hid in the….
Fade to black while I find my focus