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Aluminum Loaf
The Coastie & The Cartographer
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This past December, while we were visiting family and friends on the east coast, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a remarkable little girl (I will call her "A" for these purposes). She does have two of the most lovely parents possible, so I suppose I shouldn't have been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Aluminum Loaf
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It took me a while to get around to it, but I did finally manage to make a Coast Guard t-shirt quilt for my dutiful husband. Although jersey turns out to be a difficult medium to work with, I enjoyed this particular labor of love very much. This quilt represents... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
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I've finished quilting "Ice Bridge," another of my mother's amazing photographs. If you've ever lived in an old house in a cold environment, you'll know how the ice can build up on the inside of a drafty window in the winter. My mom makes macro photographic art out of often... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
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I finished the seventh quilt in the series I am doing of my mother's photography last week, but I haven't managed to sit down and put up a post until now. This one is called "Glory"—a macro image of a poppy. This quilt took me longer than any of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
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It's been more than six months since my last blog post. I should have called this blog "The Coastie and the Quilter" because I so rarely post anything about cartographic projects while I have inundated you with quilting stories, and over the past year I've barely written anything about living... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
Hi gladstone. Sorry to say, but I have no idea where you might be able to find that particular fabric. It's like a Sunbrella fabric, so maybe look at their patterns? Good luck!
Hi Christine. Sorry to say, but I have no idea where you might be able to source that particular fabric. Good luck!
Toggle Commented May 5, 2015 on New Curtains! at Aluminum Loaf
Hi Sabrina. I did not make pleats in my curtains. And I machine-sewed each of the glides into place. I just loosened up the tension and sewed very slowly. Good luck!
Toggle Commented May 5, 2015 on New Curtains! at Aluminum Loaf
Glad you like the blog. Thanks for your comments!
Toggle Commented May 5, 2015 on New Curtains! at Aluminum Loaf
Kathy > Thank you, thank you for reading my post. The whole of today feels more special knowing that your eyes were upon these photographs just moments ago. I think that you will especially like the next quilt—if I can ever manage to move from drawing maps back to quilting … but one should never complain about good work with great clients. Hugs to you all as well.
Hello Grace > Thank you so very much for your lovely comments. I'm currently working on a website for my quilting and will post about it here when I [eventually] go live ...
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A month ago, I was in Maine, taking care of my parents' house for a week while they tended to some family business in Florida. I kept the fires going and took care of some house projects that needed doing. It was the first whole week I'd had to myself... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
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While in Nova Scotia last month, I quilted three of my mother's photographs; "Plum Blossom" is the third of them. Here's what the final result looks like. Here's a shot of a framed print of the same image hanging in a very angle-y room. I especially like this image with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
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Ugh, I'm almost a month behind with quilt blogging, but I have an excellent excuse: after spending only four months in the same state/country as my husband throughout the entirety of 2014, we got to spend the final two weeks of the year together—yay! As of today, he's now back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Aluminum Loaf
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UPDATE: Here's a picture of my mom holding the Golden Light quilt next to an amazing metal print of the same photograph: _____ After the success of the first experiment with printing one of my mom's photographs on fabric and quilting it last July (see Quilting Fuchsia), we selected seven... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Aluminum Loaf
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My mom is an amazing photographer. She captured this image called Fuchsia: And this is what I recently turned it into: a quilt! That's my mom there, Elizabeth Root Blackmer, holding the finished product. She's printed on paper, glass, silk, and aluminum over the years, each with amazing results. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Aluminum Loaf
Hi Kelly > Sorry for the delay in my response … I would certainly entertain the option of selling the curtains (only the ones that wrap around the front still exist—the bedroom ones get dyed), however, I wouldn't be able to get my hands on them until October or so. Still interested?
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2014 on New Curtains! at Aluminum Loaf
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Hard to believe, but it's already been two weeks since I dropped my husband off at his ship and said farewell to him for the summer and beyond. He's off again aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter HEALY—north into the seas and oceans around Alaska. This is the last picture... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Aluminum Loaf
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A few years ago, my Beloved Aunt Alice (my father's older sister) parted ways with the living. She was an amazing woman on so many different levels, and she touched each of us in special and unique ways; leaving every one of us believing that we had her absolute attention... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Aluminum Loaf
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Oof ... I cannot believe how quickly the past few months have flown by—2013 is long since gone now, and 2014 is already in full swing. And although we have done an enormous amount in that time on both personal and professional levels, as usual, I am running behind on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Aluminum Loaf
Thanks! I cannot believe it only took me 72 minutes. I will see it in the morning and be SO HAPPY!!! I might actually even sit on that side to sip my coffee and write in the early hours before I start my real day …
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I've had one last Airstream fabric project hanging over my head for quite some time: covering the bench seat that Badger sits on. I've had the fabric for months and months, but was squeamish about sewing around all those curves and corners. Today, in a period of just over an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Aluminum Loaf
Thanks! This was another fun experiment. Yeah, I was very conscious of that potential wrinkle and smoothed outward on every turn to compensate—and it worked! I also had a backup plan which was to add a patch to the middle that would look like a head (thankfully I didn't need to figure out the logistics of how to do that—phew!). LOL on the dress (and Moan, too!).
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2013 on Quilted Octopus & Matching Blanket at Aluminum Loaf
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When Makeshift and I went to Alaska last month, we met an awesome octopus in Seward at the Alaska SeaLife Center, and we've been octopus-obsessed since. We'd been tentacle-crazy for years, but they were usually Cthulhu-related experiments, not necessarily octopus-centric. However, once we were home again, the infatuation didn't wear... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at Aluminum Loaf
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You know how when someone you know says something like "Hey, you should check out my vintage fabric collection—I've got kind of a lot of it," you smile and think, Hey, yeah, that's cool, I have a few boxes too. But politely and excitedly say, "Yes, sure, I'd love to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Aluminum Loaf