Through the randomness of Pinterest I stumbled on a wonderful quilt collection. A scrappy, very spontaneous quilt caught my eye as I looked over the boards I follow. It’s classed as a wonky string lantern top.
Clicking through to the original website brought me to the Mingei International Museum and the quilt collection donated by Pat Nickols. You can see all 350 quilts online. My eyes were out on stalks as I wallowed in the scrappy, make-do wonderfulness of these works of art. Image loading was a bit slow, but that could have been my internet connection. If you click on a small image you can see a larger picture of the quilt and details.
Local collectors Pat and Tom Nickols donated the quilts to this museum in 2012. “Over the last thirty years, Pat Nickols amassed a wondrous collection of mostly American quilts; a quilt and fabric historian, her knowledge of this important genre of American folk art is boundless. The collection is comprised of traditional quilts made from the early 1800s to the 1950s, gathered from many parts of the United States. It includes excellent examples of many types of quilts including Log Cabin, Charm, String and Signature quilts, and quilts made with feed, flour and sugar sacks.”
Log cabin quilts collected by Pat Nickols are on view through July 3, 2014, at San Diego’s Mingei International Museum.
Here are just a few of my favorites.
I love the ocean meets the shore effect of this one. And then there’s that one bright yellow square.
Those yellow triangles just take this top from pastel to bold.
I’m Craft Challenged
Each day I see darling craft projects on blogs and websites. Many promise to be a snap to make. Every once in a while I actually believe this and take on a little sewing project. Hope springs eternal, and all that.
My latest foray into a sewing craft project was an ipad/ipod/smartphone/e-reader stand shown at Factotum of Arts. I thought it would be a nice item for my brother, whose birthday is coming up in May. I know he’s into all the above devices and often glances at them while eating. His cat isn’t much of a meal conversationalist, unless she wants to be fed.
So, I laid out my supplies and started sewing. When I got to the part where I was to insert a stiff piece of interfacing I realized that I needed to put two fingers inside my stand and the opening I had would barely allow one to fit. After struggling for a while I gave up and made the opening wider with my seam ripper. It still took me about 10 minutes to position that little interfacing strip.
Next came the stuffing. That went OK, except for the bits of fluff that clung to my clothes for the rest of the day. My slip stitching could stand some refinement, but better sturdy than pretty has been my motto. For the top part of my stand I used ground walnut shells I had rather than the rice specified. I think the key is to use something to give heft to the stand.
So, two hours later my stand was finished. I’ve shown it holding my first generation Kindle (the one with the keyboard) above.
I think I could have pieced an entire lap quilt top in that amount of time. Next time I’m tempted by those oh so cute laptop cases or little zippered bags I plan to say no thanks. And really, it’s me, not the project designs.
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