Here are my first two samples. Grainy. yes. Dark. Yes. Content....ehhhh...and you know what? I hate listening to myself. I sound just like my MOM! I don't realize how bad my Minnesota accent comes through until I listen to myself! (Oh you betcha, oh yahhhh, don'tcha know!!!)
I did my first test on Jeff...playing video games. And Sadie wanted right in the action.
Last night I hung the quilt I got in Sisters on this old rake I found in a 1/2 price booth at an antique mall yesterday. It will look better when the walls aren't so stark white I think. The hooks came from Joann Fabrics at 40% off in their garden stuff. The rake is cool...it's ancient. The tines are hand whittled. Cool quilt rack, huh? This inspiration came from my friend Mary in Asheboro. I consider her my Home Dec Advisor!! (*waving* Hi Mary!)
For a link educating you about the ancient symbolism of this block design, click here. There are Fly Foot quilts (would that be FLY FEET if there are more than one?) way predating WWII. I think it is time we quilters stop having to worry about offending someone because we want to rescue a beautifully made quilt that happens to resemble something distasteful. Likewise....we aren't going around pointing out that the 50 stars on the USA flag are all PENTAGRAMS are we? :c)
From "Quiltmaking & Quiltmakers" by Marilyn Lithgow, 1974:
---Surprising to contemporary viewers, the swastika is a good-luck symbol that is frequently seen in old quilt designs. It is a graphic symbol found in almost every ancient and primitive culture all over the world. It appears in both North American Indian art and traditional Pennsylvania-German folk art where it is often used as a decoration although outsiders have misinterpreted it as being a "hex" against witches. As a symbol the swastika represents the movement and power of the sun as related to the poles and the four cardinal directions, but it has lost its ancient significance and would be of little interest in the modern world had not Hitler used it for the flag of the Nazi Third Reich on the advice of his occultists. The swastika design used on old quilts was variously named "Crazy Ann," "Follow the Leader," "Twist and Turn," and the "Fly Foot," the latter name probably being derived from the "fylfot fret," a decorative detail based on the swastika shape and widely used in colonial architecture.---
I know I have to upload the sisters stuff. Oh..I'm choking myself for not doing some of this in VIDEO!!! But I'll hopefully remember that in the future...
This morning I'm running Jeff to the motorcycle place..his scooter was having some engine work done. I'll probably have to drive him into school. Luckily he is only there for 3 hours. It's too far to want to drive back home and go back out again with the way gas is, so I'll toodle around town doing errands a bit until he calls me to come back and pick him up.
TONIGHT I'll post some of the Sisters stuff. Believe me.....most of my pics are of the ANTIQUES!! They were fabulous! :cD
Off to the shower....