Wednesday, January 20, 2010

white fabric vs. reality

I had big plans for a quilt made with blocks like this one. I was hoping for a project I could spend some serious time with, something I could work on slowly over the next few months of winter. I'm drawn to tone-on-tone designs and decided to shoot for something artful: Gee's Bend-esque with some hand stitching (a la Victoria's spectacular work quilts) and spot ties. But one block in and I'm already reconsidering things. I love crisp white fabric but I know it wouldn't stay that way long in my house. And I hate to think of a quilt not being used as such; I think that's the beauty of this medium. So I'm undecided at this juncture... Suggestions? Thoughts? Fellow dog-hair-bedecked quilting commiserators?

And oh goodie: another mystery project in the works. Here's a sneak peek... I'm liking this orange and aqua color combo-so cheery mid-winter.


  1. ooo....I think the tone-on-tone quilt block is fabulous! How can you avoid a creative itch like that? Got to do it!
    I have a very white quilt that has done quite well in spite of my canine friend. I just keep it on the bed, a place that is *forbidden* to him. I find that as long as I avoid direct contact between dog and quilt, I'm good.

  2. I would say go for it. I don't have a dog, but I have a cat & two little kids. Like Rossie said, I can keep things clean if they're out of direct contact. :)

  3. btw, I just googled "digs and beans" to find your blog and google asked me if I meant "dogs and beans" I was like "well, kinda..." : )

  4. so funny! I usually get a reference to mr. bean digging in the garden...