Louisa Enright's Blog

Mainely Tipping Points

Archive for January 24th, 2014

Turkey Tracks: “Clamlicious” Quilt

with 2 comments

Turkey Tracks:  January 24, 2014

“Clamlicious” Quilt

 

This little quilt has been my hand project for months, over the course of, literally, hundreds of hours, so there is a bittersweetness to the moment of finishing it.

I started the quilt back in July.  The clamshells were hand-sewn.  And the quilt is hand-quilted (something I have not done for some years).  I did put the borders and binding on with the machine.

100_3686

I outlined each clam shell–and didn’t worry to much about the perfection of my quilting.  This quilt is still meant to be used and loved.

100_3687

The fabric was collected by Susan Barry, who was an amazing, wonderful quilter.  When she died some years back now, her fabric stash was sold at Coastal Quilters and the money made was donated to our local hospital’s cancer wing.   Susan, herself, put together this little collection of fabrics, and they drew my eye as being really nice for a baby quilt.

Here are the inner and outer borders.  I got carried away with the pleasure of hand-sewing on the pink rose trellis border and quilted the whole grid.  Mercy!

100_3689

What to do for binding?  I finally went back to the blue to bring the center of the quilt out to the edges…

The backing was from my stash and chosen to be forgiving to my quilting–you can’t see it at all on the backing unless you catch the backing in a certain light that shows the stitches.  I might do the backing over in order to show the stitching as it turned out to be pretty good after so many years.  It’s like riding a bicycle.  And I use a quilting spoon and very short needles.

100_3688

This quilt is as soft as butter to the touch.

It’s No. 93, so I am homing in on my 100th quilt.

 

Written by louisaenright

January 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Books, Documentaries, Reviews: Patricia Cornwell’s PREDATOR

with 2 comments

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  January 24, 2014

Patricia Cornwell’s Predator

I downloaded and listened to this book from our Maine Library System.

I thought I’d try out a Cornwell as I’d heard off and on over the years that her books were good and are centered around a very cool woman forensic scientist, Kate Scarpetta.

Remember that I’d just finished P.D. James’ Devices and Desires and thoroughly enjoyed it.

After James, the Cornwell is a real letdown.

The characters seem really stereotypical, for one thing.  For another, much of the “plot” revolved around being inside the bad person’s head while perfectly horrible, terrible, scary, gory, inhumane acts took place–and all from a the always-very-rare serial killer.  Or, inside the victim’s head while they are being tortured.

Who on earth would want those kinds of images in their heads?

James kills people and has them do insane things all right.  But the Cornwell is different.  The experience felt very voyeuristic, and, frankly, not at all interesting.  Just…gory.  The story made me feel…dirty.

There is nothing of James’ elegance, or depth, or attention to the nuances of people in all their complexity.

It’s probably unfair to damn a writer from one book–especially when there are so many here from this writer–but I won’t go back to this well until I totally run out of other books to enjoy.

I worry about the United States with all its engagement with these kinds of stories…over and over and over again–and especially when they are visual as with television/movies.

And, good heavens!  The Grimm Fairy Tales certainly are…grim.   There’s plenty of blood.  But Cornwell and all the forensic shows are something different yet again.  There’s something here that does not just create express horror at what all a twisted person can do, but which, instead, begins to inure one to what should remain terrible.  In this process, the boundaries just get pushed further and further into the truly…rare and terrible.

Written by louisaenright

January 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm