Wednesday, February 21, 2007


They arrived yesterday from England -- together. I did my best to open them simultaneously, and was blown away by both of them!

'Sunset on an Alien Planet' by Kate North is vibrant with the backgrounds in shades of red with orange heavenly bodies, some overlaid with Angelina fibers and with some small groupings of minibeads here and there. If the alien planet follows our rules of weather forecasting this is a true 'Traveller's delight'! In any case it is mine and will hang in my workroom.

'Mimsy Borogroves and Co.' by Sandy Snowden is as wild as the fuzzy tulgy wood in which they lurk. Most of the Jabberwocky characters are there -- just the slithy toves are missing, Sandy says because 'they were having too much gyreing and gimbeling in the wabe'.
At the very top flies the purple Jubjub bird, heading for the orange Mome Rath in the right corner. On the far left of center is the Bandersnatch, looking very frumious! Right in the center is the Jabberwock, orange and red and definitely fierce looking! To his left at the bottom of the quilt are two Borogroves being mimsy as all get out!

The almost-obscured background seems to be hand dyed fabric as do all of the creatures. The wood is built up of fuzzy yarns attached to the background with embroidery stitches and a wonderful variety of beads and bits of shell are used for the faces of the creatures lurking there. Altogether wonderful!

I will be hanging it on my bedroom door -- the outside of course! I don't need those critters sneaking up on me in the dark!

I am delighted with both of these quilts which speak so eloquently to my love of fantasy and science fiction and am already thinking about what I can make for the next Quilt Swap.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

The Quilt Art list has an offshoot with which the members who wish to do so can swap small art quilts. JPGs of the quilts in question are sent to a central moderator and after they are posted on the group's web page a list of those that are wanted by each member are submitted. After some arcane mumbo-jumbo (the complexity of which I can hardly imagine!) each participant receives a quilt from among the choices. I submitted two quilts from a series I am making based on (1) hand dyed fabrics, mainly green but edging into blue and (2) simple shapes, so far rectangles and equilateral triangles. These are the quilts I submitted:

The two quilts I will be getting are on their way from England and will probably not arrive until sometime next week, but I can be patient and just savor their names for a few days longer: Sunset on an Alien Planet and Mimsy Borogroves. Both speak to my love of fantasy and science fiction. I even have their places to hang chosen. They will displace quilts I received in a couple of other exchanges, but change is good, Right?

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Lovely to look at my last posting since we are presently in the middle of a big snowstorm! So much has happened sincd I last posted -- I went to Germany and have been quilting quite a bit. I joined the Quilt Swap and am awaiting two quilts from England! My two are on their way to Montana and Virginia. At some point there will be photos of the German trip and quilts and whatever else I can find in my photo files.

But I'll think about those tomorrow -- or sometime. Meanwhile I have to go and cook supper.

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