Okay folks, here is "Shirts" in it's current state. I discovered some lovely Kaffe Fassett shot cotton, which has an almost irridescent sheen. It is woven with orange and teal threads but the fabric reads as a grey. When the sunlight hits it just right you see just a bit of shimmering. Thought it was a nice contrast to the plaids and strips. Now to the next step. Should I add more to him, perhaps a border of another color; or plaid; or just leave him be and quilt on? Think I'll let him hang around for a few more days and see what he has to say for himself. Hm-m, I also had another thought. Since I've done "Shirts and Blouses" and "Shirts", I should try and come up with an idea for "Skins". Hey I might have a real series thing going on here. Not. . . . . . .
Moving on, why is it that I remember inane statements made by strangers? Case in point, when buying fabric at a quilt shop sale, the sales lady cutting my fabric asked what I was planning to do with these gorgeous batiks. I replied that I was going to incorporate them into a portrait of my grand puppy. She turned sharply to the sales lady next to her and pointing to me, made the statement that I really need some grandchildren in my life. What? Huh? I had to laugh. Certainly she did not mean to imply that I was wasting my time designing and making a quilt portrait of a dog. This happened a couple of years ago and I have yet to make this quilt. I didn't think that I was subconsciously affected by this lady's comment at that time.
I had long ago promised my son, proud "pappa" of a lovely chocolate lab, that I would be delighted to immortilize his best friend in fabrics. I have finally gotten into the right frame of mind to jump into it, get the design and the pattern drawn and get it done. Having gotten that part completed, I began choosing the fabrics. When I came across the fabrics that I bought that day, that comment crossed my mind. This unimportant, totally insignificant, off hand comment popped into my thought process. I, again, began thinking "where did that come from?" Why did I remember this comment when I picked up these certain pieces of fabric. And are we not complete because our children have not produced any children? Did this lady not like dogs? Just why did she feel compelled to say that? All sorts of questions followed me around that day. My son is not married, nor does he need children at this point in his life. He is quite content with his dog, his cat and his fish. So why should she, a total stranger, think that I need grandchildren? People can say the darnest things. And perhaps even more ridiculously enough, I remember the darn dest things. Can't remember to turn off the iron, but sure did remember that comment. Perhaps I relate certains fabrics to where and when I purchased them and what was going on all around me at that time. Sorta like relating a certain favorite song to a time and place. Am I warped or what?
In the meantime, I am having so much fun working on my grand puppy's portrait. She makes me smile. I will keep you posted on her progress. Here is one of the reference photos that I am using for the design. Isn't she beautiful.