November 13, 2015
*** UPDATE: Someone donated for the quilt! Thanks so much, whoever you are. I’m looking forward to making something lovely for you. But I still wholeheartedly recommend donating to Radiotopia, for the other cool prizes and so that we can make shows for you for a long time. ***
It’s the final stretch of the Radiotopia fundraiser month, and Radiotopifans have been doing an excellent job of making our shows continuing exist for a long time to come. Awash with gratitude, I’ve got a special prize to offer one high-rolling donor.
Take a look at the picture below of the 100% OK quilt, which I made a couple of years ago to commemorate my friend Racton’s trademark expression of whelm-ment.
I will handmake a unique quilt featuring the short epithet – or monogram or letter – of your choice for the ONE person who pledges $1234.
You want the quilt? Get over to Radiotopia.fm and pledge.
I see you trying to sneak off with the quilt. Nice try, chancer. Supporting Radiotopia is the only way you can get it.
October 30, 2012
In October, the darkness and greyness really sets in. A colour hit was necessary. Enter the Chromatography Quilt.
At junior school, when the science teacher was bored and we’d already set fire to all the available magnesium ribbon, we’d be told to make chromatographs. Did you ever make them? You cut two parallel slits to the centre of a disc of filter paper, dab a droplet of ink in the centre, then leave it with the stalk dipped into a beaker of water and wait for a spectrum to spread itself across the paper.
If you’re wondering why that was considered a treat, bear in mind we only had four TV channels at the time.
I wanted to play around with traditional Log Cabin patterns, so made four blocks three feet square then sewed them together. It was pretty quick to complete; I can’t imagine making a quilt out of normal, small blocks, because I’m so pathologically lazy I would never finish it.
Not sure why, but I hardly ever keep the stuff I make, and duly this quilt is now living with my friend Jim. For once, I think I’ll miss having it around the place.
October 15, 2012
…a three-months-late birthday present for my friend Amy.
This quilt is about six feet square and is composed of four-inch strip patchwork. ‘Strip patchwork’ sounds like a racy game that crafters play. It isn’t.
The ‘A’ material is a sheet that used to cover our toy snooker table in the 1980s. The rest of the fabrics include pyjama legs, my husband’s shirt, tablecloths, African wax print and a New Look dress (ie a dress from New Look; I didn’t cut up a piece of Dior’s New Look). This little lobster – cotton print from Ikea – is my favourite:
I intended to stick to a limited palette of red and blue shades, but failed by the third patch. As the front was so busy, I opted for all solid colours for the back:
Well, almost all.
This is a variant on the traditional ‘Chinese Coins’ pattern, which I could pretend I chose because Amy spent her formative years in Hong Kong rather than because it’s easy and nice.
The main thing is, Amy seems happy. And warm!