Today is a little departure from my seasonal paintings. Before I started painting, I was (and still am) a sewist and quilter. A few years ago, I started collecting toy sewing machines off of Ebay. They decorate my quilt studio. We quilters do have quite an ability to justify buying a plethora of things.
Here’s some of my collection.
After a dozen toy machines, gobs of sewing “stuff” and about 100 unfinished, vintage quilt tops, I’ve managed to tear myself away from Ebay, My husband (and my accountant) are very happy about that!
I was able to do a little painting on my recent vacation. Sewing is a familiar theme and thread is definitely a part of my life. I doubt I ever leave the house without some thread attached to my clothing. Some people seem to think they need to point this out to me–as though I should be embarrassed to be seen that way in public. To me it is a badge of honor!
I spend a lot of time THINKING about sewing and quilting. I read magazines and books. Search Flicker, blogs and Pinterest. I drool over fabric on the internet and in fabric stores (and buy an awful lot of it) I draw quilt ideas in my sketchbook and all together fantasize about quilts all the time but have little to show for it. So I painted this little pic to remind myself that nothing will ever happen unless I sit down and DO IT.
I finally finished my pineapple block quilt. Since the colors are quite bright, I opted to use a calmer pink for the inner border and binding. Besides, pink is my favorite color. For the quilting, I used a circular pattern in the center with a separate pattern (I call ‘wood knot’ in the inner border. I used straight lines in the wide outer border. Since the fabrics are crazy busy, it didn’t make any sense to do more extensive quilting. I love the sewing themed focus fabric. I think I will hang this in my sewing room if I can find a spot.