Of course I love these floor tiles, but I never registered before how nice they are. But with the pandemic and all, it’s been a while since we were in our local food hall for a burger and wine. Also, Mike and I were on our own yesterday, without other people to distract from our people watching. One table around us left quite a few droppings on the floor, and it was as staff moved in with their broom and pan that I noticed the pattern of lines. Very like some of my quilts with pieced in strips. In fact, wandering lines such as these are very landscapey, aren’t they? and they occur in rocks themselves and in the lines of different parts of landscape we can see in a view.

Amazing that I never really noticed these lovely (manufactured) tiles at a local watering hole before last weekend…

I’m currently working on a large piece that will take a while, see previous post – it’s definitely shimmering, and taking a while to do – the most I seem to be able to manage in the one day is 5 squares. The method basically is add Misty Fuse to one side of a sheer fabric; from this cut 3/4″ strip lengths, and from those cut 4 x 3 1/4″ strips per square, fuse down, and cut a small square from the offcuts. Place in hoop and stitch over. The background fabric is already basted with lines at about 4″ intervals.

So with only about 150 more squares to go, I’ll be busy for a while.

In the meantime, SAQA is having another of those challenges, this time over 70 days. It began a few days ago, on June 23rd last. I had thought I’d like to do some piecing for a change, and actually publicly declared that I would do a little each day – using some of the huge amount of pale grey sheeting I was gifted recently. And I have plenty of scrap fabrics. But although piecing is one of my favourite activities, I didn’t even sew one seam because I realised that to participate in this daily challenge in some way, I’d have to re-organise my work area every time I changed back and forth between projects.

But this morning I realised that by ditching the idea of piecing, and by using the fused sheers, and hand applique, I could get some great effects of landscapey lines, even the segmented/pieced look, by overlaying sections of sheers and possibly even by changing threads, perhaps.

Improv cut and fused strip of grey nylon organza on the beginning of the 2.5m x ~13cm strip of grey sheeting.
Yes, it is a large needle, a darner, for which I don’t need a thimble as I can get a good grip and get a good rhythm going – finding too that a slightly curved/damaged needle works best of all! Slow Stitch doesn’t need to be ‘slow’.
Thimble for scale only. I have a huge cone of this silver so I know it will not run out on this project, even if it grows quite large.

I immediately rescued discarded bits from the wastepaper basket!

So, most unusually for me, I am working on two projects at the same time, with common materials and techniques, which is interesting.


One Response to “Landlines”

  1. Pat Findlay says:

    Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to have ideas and concepts rolling around in your mind! As many as you can handle, or maybe too many to handle. For the last two years, under a social lockdown, I had trouble coming up with any reasonable idea, but now I’m back into society, they have started to come back. I have a job list about two years long.

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