Monday, May 20, 2019

Weekly update: bullseye stars and something new


 (You'll have to read about rhubarb, art, and golf before you get to the bullseye stars-and-more.)

There was a notice in the church bulletin that Mrs. C had rhubarb to give away.  I took her up on the offer.  I brought two kitchen garbage bags and filled them (had I brought another I'd have taken more).

The timing was perfect because I used the last bag of rhubarb from last year to make a pie this weekend.


On Wednesday Pat and I enjoyed a day at the Art Institute. We went to see an exhibit of Rembrandt's portraits.  We were surprised that there were only four, but we went from that gallery to another and another, enjoying other Dutch/Flemish and European artists.
















We saw long-time favorites, too.  (Renoir, Van Gogh, and Seurat's Grand Jatte.)




 The arms and armor exhibit has been relocated and re-staged. There are interactive (iPad) stations that explain how the armor worked. (For example, the articulation of armor that covered the foot.) 
















This uncut embroidered silk waistcoat caught my attention.








Did you know that panache originally referred the the plume on top of a jousting helmet?














And in the underarm of a chain mail "shirt" are little gold (brass) rings as a charm for protection.













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On Friday it was cool but there was no rain for the 19th annual  Rotary Memorial Golf Outing. (Yes, I made the fREADom banner on Friday morning. I helped set up for the banquet in the afternoon and the event began at 5 p.m.)

Our event sponsorship allows us to have a foursome.  Ben and Gabe work at the library. Tom used to work at the library. And Ben's dad likes to play golf!

 The quilt I donated to the silent auction went for $140. The two quilted tote bags were in the bucket raffle.  Our friend Liz won one of them.  (For my part: I spent $40 on 50/25/25 tickets and didn't win. I spent $40 on bucket raffle tickets and won a $25 gift card to a local restaurant.)

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Last week I said I had begun to cut into my hoard of  South African shweshwe indigo.  Here's what happened!

The blocks are 8" fin. I used three different blue-on-white prints and one blue-on-blue print for the backgrounds.  I fused the bullseyes and used my machine's blanket stitch.  There is no border.

Yes, I still have shweshwe in the box. But not as much!






 I've begun a tote bag to give to my sister who is retiring at the end of June.  The pattern is by Sue Spargo. She uses wool applique and lots of embroidery. I'm using cotton and fusible applique.  Australian prints (such as the red outer panel) seemed just right.

My sister likes crows. After after cutting the shape of a black bird [the white is the fusible, no fabric yet] I thought it was too much black.  I'm thinking about a blue bird instead.



 Monday link ups:
 Oh Scrap!
Monday Making
 Design Wall Monday
 Moving It Forward

P.S. The green fabric at the top and bottom of
the tote bag panel is a candidate for World's Ugliest Fabric:  chartreuse, turquoise, purple, and brown. It was a thrift shop purchase....But
it works so well here!




7 comments:

karenbbsnow said...

Love your shweshwe quilt.

cityquilter grace said...

i can see why the silk waistcoat caught your eye..it did mine as well..and the shweshwe indigo is gorgeous...is there a US distributor/retail contact?

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh how interesting! I really enjoy historical displays.
Your blue shweshwe quilt is gorgeous!

Libby in TN said...

Love, love, LOVE the indigo quilt! It reminds me of one in our family that went to my brother before I was a quilter and cared 😢. Isn't it fun when an "ugly" fabric becomes a star?

Louise said...

The shweshwe piece is so lovely! And the blue bird is my choice for the tote bag. He's just happy by definition :)

I didn't realize you were a Rotarian. Do you ever make quilts for Wrap-A-Smile? They get sent on the Rotary International medical missions to repair cleft lips around the world. Good stuff!

Ann said...

Your Art Institute photos are so interesting. There's always so much to see, I'd love to go back. Thanks for sharing the details. And congratulations on your donations. Well done.
My SIL wants a blue and white quilt. She would love your shweshwe top as much as I do. I'm making her a mix of Ohio Stars and Log Cabins.

Kate said...

Looks like a fun and busy week. Love your new blue and white quilt. The birdie bag for your sister is such fun! Have a great Memorial weekend.