Seven quilts ago

That’s how long it is since I cleaned my design wall.

Lint roller sheets

Yup, there sure are lots of teal threads in there. Well, think about it. From the bottom, Stay Positive, Tealed with a Kiss, Gonna Teal your Heart Away, The Blue Hour, Gallimaufry, Sea Glass and Bonnard. (As well as those, there are the blocks for Signed, Tealed & Delivered, which isn’t yet a quilt top, let alone a finished quilt.) Five of those seven contain significant amounts of teal, so I suppose it’s no big surprise.

What is surprising is how long I left it; Stay Positive was finished a year ago. I’m blushing here… In my defence, my work and cutting tables are immaculately clean and tidy. The floor is another story, but I do sweep up regularly. But I’d just let the design wall get thready, then fluffy and finally downright hairy. It was time, and more, to clean up.

So now I’ve got a beautifully clean and tidy design wall, and no more excuses. Time to get cracking on the back for Bonnard.


17 thoughts on “Seven quilts ago

  1. tialys says:

    They almost look like little works of art in themselves 😉

  2. dayphoto says:

    I agree with Tialys…they look like art!

  3. My wall is well overdue for a thread check. Oh well, it is in another room and I just shut the door …

    • katechiconi says:

      I could do that too, but when the thread count gets so high it starts making comparatively tidy backs much messier, it’s time to act! And using the lint roller is actually quite good fun, like grooming a dog 🙂

  4. Lynda says:

    Kate. I use the lint roller on my ironing board and cutting mat, but never thought of using it on the design board. Why is that?

    • katechiconi says:

      I use it because it’s the ONLY thing that’ll get all the threads off! I tried washing, I tried winding tape around my hand, but one day I saw the lint rollers in the fabric store and the lightbulb went on!

      • Lynda says:

        Mine is attached to a permanent base and screwed into the wall so washing was not an option. This is a great solution for me. 🙂

  5. These are indeed artful and abstract, and surely full of memories. For some reason they reminded me of what my have been a magical charm or spell for protection I saw years ago. It was a small, clear glass jar sealed with a cork. Inside were threads of many colors, tiny bits of ribbons, and I think a few needles. Something was tied around the cork too, but I’ve forgotten. It was in the home of a women who proudly called herself a “crone.” She seemed old to me at the time, but she was still working full time and probably in her early 60’s, which is beginning to look younger to me all the time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I liked them because they present a narrative about what the year held for me creatively. Of course, I haven’t kept them, that would be daft; they’re sticky, hairy and ephemeral, but for a brief moment, they captured something. And I’m with you on imminent crone-hood. Mind you, I think it’ll be liberating; crones enjoy freedoms that maidens and mothers don’t!

  6. rutigt says:

    You could use those squares in a modern quilt 🙂 I like them!

  7. magpiesue says:

    I probably keep my design wall cleaner than other surfaces in my studio. I’m impressed yours held up so well for so long without having to be delinted! (My design wall is covered with a layer of flannel. I rely on the shear forces to keep my blocks in place. The only time I use pins is when I’m assembling a top and it gets to heavy to stick to the wall without help.)

    • katechiconi says:

      Mine’s flannel too, but not mounted on a solid surface, it’s effectively a curtain hanging from a rod. It waves around a bit when I have the ceiling fan or aircon running, so I have to use pins! With no breeze, the piece stick just fine, so I was mainly cleaning it for aesthetic reasons 😉

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