Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Loose Ends

I've been reworking some of the kaleidoscope blocks and making a few more.  Thank you all for your encouragement, and thank you Venus for your helpful suggestions.  It turns out we were both inspired by the same quilt on Flickr!

In the past few days, I've been to a couple fabric stores, but nothing really rocked my world and I came home empty handed.  I think I'm going to keep going with what I have for the time being.  

However, my husband directed my attention to a quilt kit I'd picked up at Goodwill a couple months ago (originally from Joann's).  I had set it aside on a shelf, out of sight/mind, and forgotten it.  There are some really cool fabrics in there, and I considered using some in this quilt, but on second thought, they're so well coordinated with each other that I think they'd be better together in a project of their own, and quite possibly another kaleidoscope quilt.  I'm going to make up a few blocks from that grouping and see how it goes.

 I had a point with the title to this post.  I know sometimes I'm all over the map here at TWISI, such that I tend to leave some loose ends.  So I thought I'd give an update on a few items, in case you've been wondering (or not).

The wave/lava lamp quilt - I'd asked for name suggestions.  It's still label-less at the moment, but I'm calling it the "Grandma Lava Ding-Dong" quilt.  Yeah, it's goofy.  But so am I.  Dissecting my thought process a bit, the vintage fabrics reminded me of shirts my grandma might have worn, and the shapes in the quilt looked like lava lamps to me.  I put the two words together—Grandma Lava—and that led me to think of "Rama Lama Ding-Dong" (the title to a '50s song or part of a line from a Grease tune, take your pick).  Thus "Grandma Lava Ding-Dong" was hatched.  It makes little sense, but it makes me smile and it's fun to say, so there you have it!

Speaking of fun things to say, I may be hiring a guy to do some landscaping whose name is Larry.  Larry the Landscaper.  I'm awaiting his estimate, but he's already earned points for having a fun name, like Bob the Builder.

Did I mention goofy?

My husband and I sometimes entertain each other by twisting song lyrics.  Like Journey's Open Arms?  Otherwise known as Broken Arms around here.  

"So now I come to you with BROKEN ARMS... 
So here I am with BROKEN ARMS, hoping you'll see 
what your love means to me:  BROKEN ARMS."

How about Bon Jovi's You Give Love a Bad Name?

"Shot through the heart, and you're to blame, 
darlin' you give love 
a BAND-AID..."

I'm sensing a theme.  Love hurts, man.

And now I've completely lost my train of thought, as well as my desire to make any more sense this evening.  It's late.  Whaddaya say I pick this thread up later?

In parting, I am only somewhat embarrassed to say that I have been obsessed this week with the new Incubus CD.  Found some of the songs on YouTube from a live performance.  This one made me drag out a guitar for the first time since Christmas in an attempt (emphasis on attempt) to learn Defiance.  And I am SO naming one of my next quilts, "Elegant Aberration."

And this song makes me seriously wish I could play drums.  Looks like a ton of fun banging those skins (be sure to watch to the end when they have a do-over...funny!).


  1. LOVE the Grandma Lava Ding Dong. And I totally got it without your explanation. Guess I'm goofy too. ☺

    Why can't you play drums?

    Happy Tuesday! ☺

  2. I vote for Grandma Lava Ding Dong! Makes perfect sense:)
    You take Ducks in the Wind to a new level!

  3. P., you are twelve kinds of awesome! Love the Kaleidoscope quilt. I think it is crazy, funky beautiful!

    And Grandma Lava Ding-Dong is hilarious and perfect for your lava lamp quilt. I love it.

    This was a really great post. I listened to a few Incubus songs at work the other day. I didn't have your list with me, so I just did a search for Incubus and I really like them. I haven't watched these two videos yet (got to get to work), but I will and I'll give a listen to the others you suggested and let you know what I think.

    Have a great day!

    xo -E

  4. Funny what our ears hear in the words of a song...but sometimes it seems singer distort the pronouncement on purpose! Either way, it leads to laughter!
    Pretty kaleidoscope blocks, I hope yuo get that motion you want (yes, I checked the flickr connection out, and it is well done!)

  5. I love, love, love your goofy quilt names! How original and fun. :-)

    And the kaleidoscope quilt. It's awesome, imho.

  6. One of the reasons I adore you is your goofiness...dont ever change. Your names mean you have great stories to go with your quilts and this one is no exception.

    We change song lyrics here too...Mr. P is especially good at it.

  7. Your posts always make me smile, and sometimes laugh out loud!! I love that you're scattered sometimes - it fits my mindset too!!


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