Boro cloth is traditional Japanese fabric, much mended, repaired, and reinforced to prolong its life through decades of use. Boro comes from the Japanese term boroboro meaning something tattered, but also means “too good.” Boro cloth is now very valuable and highly sought after as both antique textiles and collectible art.
I made this piece in response to reading the theme of the exhibit. The literal thin place in textiles, repaired with boro to make them whole again. And to use that to make a quilt…
As a quilter, my piece “Too Good to Waste” also reflects on the location and neighbourhood of St. James’. As an outsider looking in to the neighbourhood it is easy to be dismissive of the people and their myriad of problems; but every person is unique and worth the effort of aiding or comforting them. The people are worth the effort, they are too good to waste.
Materials used: denim, ubiquitous and long lasting. The colour is a nod to traditional indigo of Japan. Sashiko thread from Japan. Tartan backing is for Scottish (Anglo) settlers to the neighbourhood and reminiscent of sleeping bags used by homeless people.
People can be so nice can’t they? There was guild meeting tonight and one of the members who also reads my blog (Hi Barb!) brought me a bolt of grey from her stash that she thought might be iron. Read yesterday’s post for the trauma about iron.
The swatch is so close but isn’t quite right. As I don’t have a KONA colour card [yet] I just go by the computer screen and this might be medium grey or steel, probably steel. Regardless of what it is, it doesn’t match what I’ve got going on so far. Boo.
Actually it’s more like stymied by the fabric shops in town.
I’m all gung-ho to make progress on my polaroid blocks so I spent time calling *all* the quilt shops in town. I know I’m very lucky with six shops in the greater city area and one about an hour away. I was sourcing the 1.5m of Kona Iron I need for the sashing.
ONE store has Iron in stock and she is charging 15$/m. (Can you feel my shock and outrage?) 15$/m for SOLIDS! For comparison, all the other stores here sell solids for 11$-14$/m. I don’t like that shop for several reasons (who increases the price on their batting halfway through a sale I ask you) but we don’t need to get into that here.
Obviously the polaroids are on hold until I get this sorted out but I’m disappointed as I really wanted to work on this project now.
**Edited to add: I will pay someone up to 20$ (CDN) for 1.5m Kona iron including shipping. Email me or leave a comment if you can hook me up.
I’m linking up all over the place, hoping someone can ship me fabric!
I made the whole thing in a week but then just never got around to quilting it. Mostly because I wanted to do a full custom job but didn’t actually want to do that work. And if you never make a decision then you can’t make the wrong one, so I let it languish.
But this is my year for getting stuff done.
I went for really big loopy loops. Red was what I had on the machine for practicing and I just kind of liked it.
MQGsewday was yesterday so I made binding. Pretty binding.
And then I actually got it bound. I complained about it on IG but the gist of it is this: I always do my machine binding backwards from how most of the internet does theirs. So I thought I would try the “right way” to do it…and thereby shot myself in the foot. It was a slow, frustrating, challenging process. 90 minutes to do a quilt 57×75? But it’s done now and on a pic that small, no one can see the imperfections.
Title: MQG Victoria block lotto quilt
Lifetime quilt no.59
Started: January 2015
Finished: October 16, 2016
Number of pieces: lots
Quilting: organic telephone cord loops on the longarm