I now know more than I ever needed to know about corsets, their history and the making of them today. Yes, that's right, there's a thriving corset community out there making corsets of all colors and complexity. And WEARING THEM! All I can say to that is wow - I can barely manage to get my rather utilitarian underwear on right-side out every morning. I can't even imagine lacing myself into any sort of anything. I mean, I wear crocs most of the time. No laces, see?
Well anyway, I had my daughter and granddaughters here for a week, hence no progress on the quilt. We did have a really good time though and there are several photos of my adorable girls on my Flickr if you're so inclined (there's a really cute photo of Anthony and Charlotte in there). I did think about the construction of Go Figure quite a bit even though I didn't PhotoShop or stitch a thing. And I had an idea.
You know the story about Grandma's ham and how subsequent generations all cut the end off the ham because Grandma did it that way so it must be better somehow? It turns out that Grandma's pan was too short and a whole ham didn't fit into it. Thats Grandma - that gives me a great idea!
The fabric I bought to run through my printer is from www.colorplusfabrics.com and it comes in a sample pack of 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. When I ordered it, I thought our specified size was 8 1/2 x 11. Not so! Turns out it's 12 x 12. Right. So I have this fabric specially treated to run through my inkject printer and it's all too small. And yes, I know I can buy Bubble Jet, treat my own and iron it to some freezer paper. But did you read what I just typed? I don't think I'll be doing that any time soon. So on to the problem of fabric sheets too small for the project. Hmmmm.....
This is how I figure I'll do it. This way, the largest quadrant is 7 1/2 x 9. Brilliant huh? But don't get too excied, this is only the photoshop version, I have yet to print or cut any fabric. I did find corset style hooks and eyes and I'll be making the eyelets myself with an awl. Yikes. But even though I'm sure the real thing won't be nearly as neat, anything less seemed like a cop out to my subject matter.
So after I figured this out, I started to lay my images on top of the four quadrants and that's the next installment. Let's just say that with the exception of chasing a coyote from the chicken yard, and eating tomato sandwiches made with our own Japanese Truffle tomatoes (which were knee meltingly delicious) this is pretty much all I've done all day.