Friday, 3 August 2007

The Wait is Over

I think the hair and makeup on "pink, white, blue-and pretty" alone was worth the wait. (I hope.)

And because you have all been so patient and understanding, here is a bonus quilt picture.
Technically it contains many quilting crimes, but I love it. My Grandmother made it and it is all stitched by hand from old clothes. It is a really crap photo, sorry.
The orange and yellow floral fabric is from a mini shift dress my mother used to wear many many years ago. The pink floral fabric I remember my Grandmother wearing. There is fabric from one of my best childhood dresses, I'm not sure if you can see it, but it is blue with sprays of flowers.
There are even some squares from my Grandpop's old shirts. (Step-Grandfather, my mother was always very quick to remind us, but that is another story.) I'm pretty sure Grandma made this after her sight started to go, so please forgive her the mismatched corners. My Mum did the binding and she is definitely not a quilter.


Anonymous jenny c said...

OMG that man tunic is a health hazard, I just choked on my cuppa.

Then I got to the multi textured bedroom. The (hopefully)velvet flock paper, the slightly blobby bedspread, the rough woolly oh-so-many browns wall hanging. O
Ahhh it, takes me back...

3 August 2007 at 11:00  
Blogger Fairlie said...

Seriously, what IS that man doing in a tunic??

"Hi honey! While you were out manning the locks (or whatever us canal-barging people do) I went rifling through your wardrobe...What do you think? Is it me?"

And I love the quilt. I have one my Mum made from my dresses over a period of's all cute florals in the middle, and then makes its way to some out-there 70s and early 80s fabrics on the edges.)

3 August 2007 at 11:26  
Blogger Stomper Girl said...

Oh!! That fishing tunic is the PERFECT answer to plumber's crack crimes against humanity. Keep your crack covered mate or you'll be wearing that for the rest of your life.

3 August 2007 at 11:29  
Anonymous kirsty said...

"Man tunic" *gag* I've never seen anything like it. It defies description.

3 August 2007 at 11:44  
Blogger Tracey Petersen said...

That girl looks like princess Leia after a tragic night out with Paris and Lindsay.

3 August 2007 at 12:10  
Anonymous Uli said...

There's nothing like a man tunic to cheer up my Friday afternoon!

3 August 2007 at 13:16  
Blogger meggie said...

Oh yes! the man tunic definitely takes the prize!
The bedhead decor panel would have sent me insane- if the wallpaper didnt manage it first.
Egg cartons?? Better off in the compost- unpainted.

3 August 2007 at 14:23  
Blogger Sussanah said...

I think I'll call her Heidi and his name is Rufus.

3 August 2007 at 16:32  
Blogger Aunty Evil said...

What is with the BELT on the tunic?

And an orange shirt? Jeeze louise, look at the hair do!

He looks like a Robin Hood reject.

And that's just the first photo.

Then we move on to Miss Pretty, who looks like one of those wooden dolls out of a German movie. I just KNOW she is wearing clogs.

The bedroom, well, that explains why Australia's population didn't rise much in the 70s. Who could get amorous with that vomited up wall paper and bed head thingy. (actually, my parents's house has a very similar wallpaper, to this day. God, I need to lie down...)

I can do nothing but laugh hysterically at the spoons and egg cartons. That almost - ALMOST, beats the ring-pull curtains I told you about a few weeks back.

And your grandmother's quilt. At last something we can all relate to in a normal fashion.

No, it isn't perfect, but it is extremely endearing, and no amount of money could replace it. The fabrics tell the story.

And, thankfully, it brought my heart rate back down. I was getting quite alarmed...

3 August 2007 at 17:35  
Blogger meggie said...

I just have to keep looking at that hideous man-vest. It has some horrible hold over me. And he reminds me of someone I know....??
I think it is the awful bloke on that Auction Antique show?

4 August 2007 at 11:03  
Blogger crafty said...

I am cracking up at you Meggie! Unfortunately, that man tunic photo is from an ad for "All you can knit and crochet for men" but I don't actually own the publication. I do have "All you can knit and crochet for children and teenagers" and I will be keeping a -very- sharp eye out for the man one, next time I'm at The Op Shop.

4 August 2007 at 11:23  
Blogger crafty said...

Oh yes, and thanks for your comments everyone, I always look forward to your insights Aunty Evil, and Susannah I agree. I'm not sure if I will ever be able to top Rufus. If only I could get my hands on "All You Can Knit and Crochet For Men"

4 August 2007 at 11:26  
Blogger Melinda said...

Crochet gone oh so wrong. I still think that many of these crimes against fashion are a result of rampant drug use in the years before. Princess Leia looks like she had a run-in with the people who make Barbies. Love the quilt, by the way. My great-grandmother quilted some beautiful pieces with scrap fabrics... each square tells a story. So glad that we have them now.

5 August 2007 at 08:33  
Blogger Tanya Brown said...

Let the others admire the man tunic - I'm entranced by the supergraphic with the spoons, not to mention the brightly colored egg cartons. I could swear I once saw a low budget science fiction movie that featured an interior covered in egg cartons that way!

5 August 2007 at 14:04  

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