Before the whim, however, I had been cleaning the sewing space. All that fabric folding and fondling led to pulling various things from the stash and musing Whatever shall I make with this? And this? Or this?
I like my stash, I really do. It's eclectic, just like my musical taste and my taste in movies. Part Frank Sinatra, part Band of Skulls; Pride and Prejudice and The Big Lebowski.
Don't you love that crazy vintage print underneath this stack of modern ones? I mean, what is all that business going on? Must make something with this lot, I don't know what yet. The suggestion box is open. I only have a FQ of the pink and the blue-green rectangles, so something small.
Back to the 16-patches, I mashed up a few fabric pairs and this is what I have going so far.
I don't know if I'll end up throwing it all together in one crazy-busy quilt. I'm just sewing first and figuring things out later.
I gave Kathy, the friend who is having me make the chevron quilts for her grandsons, these two mug rugs or minis, so she can remember her grandson's quilts by.
In other news, our 31-year-old washing machine broke last week. The washer and dryer had been a wedding gift from my parents.
We'd had both fixed once or twice through the years, a belt here or a heating element there, but they otherwise ran like champs up until the bitter end. This time the washer went out literally with a bang. Lots of banging, in fact. It sounded like a ginormous load unbalanced situation, but when Norm went down to see about it, he found a six-inch metal plate laying inside the washer, having sheared off from somewhere in the inner workings, and all the clothes spattered with some kind of rusty schmutz. In other words, it wasn't pretty.
So we bought a Speed Queen set and take delivery of it this Wednesday. I'm stoked! Speed Queen, that standard of laundromats and college dorms. It feels kind of old-fashioned, no digital controls, no front loading or steam jets. Just a regular ole agitator and plenty of swishing water action, but I needed another workhorse pair. They still make Speed Queens with all-metal parts, something I like about my vintage Singer and newer Juki sewing machines as well. And they're a "Sconnie" company, built right up the road about 40 miles. Check out this vintage ad from the 1970s.