Monday, September 5, 2011

I'd rather be Hurking...

Good news, the house is done! (For now anyway, all the boxes I packed up are a problem for my future self). I couldn't have done it without the help of my dad, grandma and friends Jennifer and Leslie.

Here is Jennifer looking at a pile of garbage. This was pile the 4th. Piles 1, 2 and 3 had already made their way to the dump. Sorry mother earth!

No sooner than the house was done, work hit, and hit hard.

Folks, I have been swamped. I mean, really swamped. I've been working crazy hours, which is good in that I get paid by the hour, but is bad in the sense that I'm spending most of my awake hours working.

I think of the Shel Silverstein poem about working quite a lot. Do you remember it? Goes like this:

I'd rather play tennis than go to the dentist.
I'd rather play soccer than go to the doctor.
I'd rather play Hurk than go to work.
Hurk? Hurk? What's Hurk?
I don't know, but it MUST be better than work.

I can't wait until I have time to hurk!

Luckily, Fritz has been keeping me company by settling down beside my desk.

He gets really confused when I start printing stuff out. The motion of the machine startles him a bit.

I have carved out some social time though, which I think is important when I'm working a lot.

I went to the fair, and could not stop laughing at these ridiculous rasta bananas.

I've also been trying to spend some time each day outside of the house (also important when working from home) and I saw a free pile of stuff on a street near and got a great dutch oven.

Perfect fit!
I also nabbed a nice looking sheet to use for the back of a future quilt.

And finally, on Saturday, I had three whole hours to quilt. It's really been awhile, and it was so soothing to fire up the machine and sew. The whole ritual was so nice, with the pure physical nature of cutting, sewing and ironing. I'm hoping to fit more of that in and soon.

I made this block, from a design I've been hanging onto for awhile.

The finished block is 22 x 22

The proportions are off a bit, I messed up sizing of the pieces, but the general idea is there.

You know how some quilters work with prints and then decided to do a solid quilt as sort of an experiment? I feel like I'm going the other way! I'm experimenting with prints. I have all feedsack style fabrics for this quilt, because I think the small patterns will lend themselves to this type of block.

I was really inspired by the two antique quilts that I inherited. They are both done with feedsacks, and I think those patterns have aged so well.

Now that I've sewn roughly two hexagons together, I appreciate this quilt a lot more!

These quilts are from my mother's side of the family, and when I asked my grandmother (who passed away in April) about them, she just said "Oh, I guess my mom or aunt made those", and that was it! She was not a sentimental lady in any capacity.

I really appreciate having them though. I'm glad that they are still around for me to love! I wonder if my great-grandmother could have ever anticipated that I'd see them 80 years later and be inspired by her work. It makes me wonder about the future of my quilts. These quilts make me very happy to be a quilter, and be connected to such history!


RamonaX / Gail said...

Okay... so I love Fritz-kitty in the dutch oven ~ adorable!
I also love the quilts you inherited ~ wow...

smazoochie said...

I feel your pain.
Love the quilts, your new block and the kitty cook-pot -- mmmm, stew!

Bending Pins said...

Can you post or send me close ups of the quilting on your Grandmother's quilts? I've been hexing like mad all summer and though about quilting the whole thing by hand.