I am continuing with my determined goal to make all my Frivols tins this year.
Last one!! Last one!!
Because this one was quite small, finishing up at 29″ by 32″ (different than what was measured on the tin), I finished it early, so I get to put an X on the circle of Frivols.
As mentioned in the last post, the fabric is by French General, and while it looked really dark in the tin, with the black and white four-patches added, it is fairly lively. It reminded me of an extended game of checkers, and since the quilt is small, like a doll’s quilt, I titled it Child’s Play.
I quilted it with a stylized flower.
Every doll’s quilt needs some dolls, and I just happened to have my mother’s play tea set from when she was a little girl. She’s celebrating her ninth decade this month, and because she’s turning ninety, she’s always saying things to me like “You’re not old.”
She’s right. I’m not yet up to her age, but I am one lucky girl to still have a mom here to talk to when I need a cheering up.
Because I’ve been thinking about my mother today, the chair above is an antique from “the farmhouse,” a place where my grandmother (my mother’s mother) moved when she married grandpa, a widower with a passel of children, and adopted — and adapted herself to — a life as a farm wife. And then she had three more children, my mother being one of them.
A photo of my mother when she was in college. My daughter, who is named for my mother, is with her on the left. And below is a photo of my mother’s Magnum Opus, a quilt with cross-stitched designs, all hand done while we lived in Peru for two years.
Since it is also Mother’s Day here in the United States, I hope you treasured some memories of your mother, and if she is still here — I hope you called her or visited her.
It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that my mother (and father) gave me the greatest gift of all: a young life where I could pretend, and get dirty and dress up and have imaginary tea parties and fight with my younger brothers, and go to church, and roam the neighborhood, time to read books, and to hope to be like my older sisters. While soon enough I would discover that there were real sticks and stones out there, she gave me a life sheltered from the world’s harsh realities.
I’m beginning this post by talking about my ongoing goal to make up all the Mode Frivols tins. As I mentioned before, it’s been a good experience to try something new, to work with fabrics that weren’t generally found on my shelves, and Frivol Tin #5 is just that sort, as its filled with French General. I’ve used French General before, but it was lighter and airier, when I made a quilt for my sister:
After receiving the quilt, she repainted her room to match. Now if that’s not undying love from a sister, I don’t know what is.
But this tin is a bit darker, filled with lusciously colored deep reds, for the tin was originally placed in the shops in December, a month when we typically sew with those kinds of colors.
First up, this note from Moda:
You can find more about this tin on their blog (including how they turned it into a tin for hand sewing supplies), but for me, I’m dying to open it:
It will be a table topper, or even a doll quilt as it’s even tinier that what is printed on the tin (see note, above). However, that means it will sew up quickly.
As I mentioned in last month’s overview, there is always a treat in a tin, and this time it is a beautiful woven ribbon in red and white.
Continuing on, I also received news in my Yahoo mailbox about new ownership of that enterprise, including Flickr. So went over to Flickr to see what I would lose if I just ignored that whole thing forever. The newest activity in any Flickr group was over a year ago. Most activity was much older than that, which told me that a lot of other quilty peeps have abandoned that site.
My masthead, but I think that “Joined 2009” thing is when I opened a yahoo email account.
Here’s my first set of photos on the site: March 2012, with my EPP quilt Kaleidoscope.
And my last set, in uploading photos for the Mid-Century Modern Bee, which ended that year.
I used to belong to seven groups on Flickr, most of them Bees, and I also had several Galleries. I got rid of the Galleries, and unjoined all groups that weren’t a bee I had participated in. However, I wanted to write about this most popular bee block.
This is called Starry Sky and was originated by Kylie Kelsheimer. It was originally found online as a download, but I lost track of it.
UPDATE: The links to the original pattern are all gone now–but Kylie now has it up on PayHip. In figuring out the story through email, apparently she thought it was up on Craftsy, but was unaware of Craftsy’s purge of young designers (I think she had a baby at that time).
Here’s a link to her PayHip version: Starry Sky by Kylie Kelsheimer. It’s always good to support young quilters; since her pattern is so reasonable and has three sizes, I encourage people to head over there to purchase it. Kylie has since written me, thanking me for keeping her pattern out there and available.
So I guess I’m saying that it feels weird to have the history of the quilt world on the internet go missing after such a short time, and it feels equally weird to be erasing some of my own history as well.
It reminds me of some of the things I read in The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter (really, it’s a great little book by Margareta Magnusson): “If someone has lived in a home for many years where children, grown-ups, relatives, and guests have stayed and felt welcome, that same someone is often so busy that they never think of reducing the number of things in the household. And so the number of possessions grows and collects quickly over the years. Suddenly the situation is out of control and the weight of all those things can begin to seem tiring.”
My home and my digital media sites and my blog and Flickr are all like guests that have stayed and felt welcome, I guess. Unlike the woman in the Swedish Death Cleaning book, not only will we have garages and drawers and closets full that we’ll need to deal with, we’ll also have digital universes that need clearing out, too. That thought ought to cheer you up, right?
My favorite is the American Flag, with all the crosses surrounding it. So many terrific quilts, and thankfully, someone, some where, did not clean them out and throw them away. Someone did not think they were household junk to part with. Thank you, Mr. Burns, for sharing your wonderful collection and thoughts:
“Ann Lee, who founded the Shakers, said ‘Do all your work as if you had a thousand years to live, and as you would if you knew you would die tomorrow.’ The things we leave behind — our children, our land, the environment, but also these made things, the art — will commend us to posterity.” ~Ken Burns
Thank you to all who entered the giveaway for Simone’s stack of fabrics. The info about that is at the end of this post.
I finished up the quilt from Frivol Tin #4, and named it Life’s Dilemma. It’s quilt #201, which means I started a new listing of quilts, above “300 Quilts.” When I get that list filled up, I guess that means I retire? Go to the Caribbean or something, and lay on the beach? (But can I sneak my sewing machine into the hut on that elusive beach?)
Maybe I named it that because I forgot to put on the final 3″ plain white border, and only realized this after I finished the quilting (so now it only measures 45″ square). Maybe I named it this because two people stopped me in the hallway at church to talk about their divorces (one just starting, one wrapping up), and the design of this quilt made me think of that type of a maze. But maybe I just was thinking about how simple, yet complicated life’s choice can be… that way leads on to way, and this quilt reminded me of pathways, both obvious and hidden.
I decided to quilt this using my new circles rulers.
I placed it in the middle and put my quilting needle INSIDE the circle, started it and kept going. When I finished the circle, I pivoted it it somewhere else, working my way to the outer edges, trying for coverage, but also trying really hard not to make it feel like work. I wanted to just play with this.
So now I have another X on my circle of tins: four down and eight to go. Progress. Which is the name of the game at my house.
Congratulations, Ellie! Ellie is a faithful reader of this blog, and I’ve appreciated all her nice notes, so it was great to see the Random Number Thingie pick her. When I was running this at first, I was perplexed, because I show more comments than 80, but when I went back through to read all these interesting and wonderful comments about placemats, not all were “comments” for the giveaway. Eighty unique and individual comments were left.