Drawer 7

My last post, Getting It Out in the Open, surveyed six of nine plastic drawers in my studio. Over the past several months, the drawers have been victims of entropy. “Entropy” is a great word. Do you know what it means? It is a physics term, a noun. One of its more general meanings is “a gradual decline into disorder.” Life is often like that, isn’t it?

In fact, the first six drawers were just about as ordered as they ever are. It’s the last three that have suffered. Here is Drawer 7, and this is where things start to get interesting.

First up is a few tidbits cut from some beautiful African fabric I bought a few years ago at a quilt show. I have a basic plan for these but haven’t gotten to them yet. That’s a basic oatmeal-colored carpet underneath it. 

Next, a semi-secret project I’ve had kicking around in my head for a few years. The photo did bizarre things to the color here, which I wasn’t able to correct. Nor was I motivated to try taking the picture again. The background fabric is a lovely blue ombre I purchased maybe last year. Not terribly long ago, but this year is quite a blur, so I’m not sure. It is intended to look like the sky at just past sunset, so if you can push that color into your brain, you’ll get what I see. Most of the images on the background will be darkened, not quite to silhouette, with a house or shed on the left and windmill on the right. The central image is the secret part, so you might not see it until someday rolls around and it is done.

Also in this drawer is my mask man. I still don’t have a good plan for it. 

Finally, the rest of the stuff in the drawer is various leftovers from the Wind River Beauty project. 

I really need to sort through it. The bigger pieces can be restashed and the little ones go to scraps. I finished the top in February and had it on the frame to quilt before the end of the month. Here it is, loaded and ready to go.

I wasn’t happy with how it was going, and I hated the backing fabric. (Note to self: don’t use backing fabric you hate just because it’s big enough and you don’t want to buy something new. It’s a false economy.) Also I needed to move along to the new grandbaby’s quilt, so I took it off and unstitched the quilting. When we got back from the baby trip, I loaded it again with a new back. Again I was unhappy with the stitching, so removed it and unstitched it again.

Right now, Wind RIver Beauty is the only unquilted top I have left from the year.

Two more drawers, and a few other things, left to review.



16 thoughts on “Drawer 7

  1. tierneycreates

    That was fun to see more inside your drawers as you visit them! You have so many fun things to work on. Oh wouldn’t the Mask Man make an interesting center for one of your fabulous medallion quilts?

  2. zippyquilts

    I remember the mask but not the quilt top. I look forward to seeing that beautiful quilt top finished. Also, somebody has a blog titled “Entropt Always Wins”. I love the title, and may use it for a quilt.

  3. Kerry

    I originally thought Kabuki for the masked man – but much prefer Piecfulwendy’s idea with aboriginal fabrics!
    Wind River is gorgeous! As for the ombre fabric – we’ve had some sunsets exactly like that – it would be super to see the end result.

  4. katechiconi

    Wind River is so beautiful… I can see that after two false starts it might not be enticing you back into the studio, but it’s gorgeous and I’d love to see what design you do eventually end up using for the quilting.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thank you so much. Right now it’s just waiting for it’s number to be called again. I’m clearing away a few other things so I can have the patience it will require. That means, I guess, it will wait until after the holidays! Thanks again.


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