a rusty tractor and a boring quilt together? Not much actually. I tried wrapping this boring quilt top (with back and binding fabric) around this old rusty tractor up the back and NOTHING. Not one bit of rust transfered onto the boring quilt. Even the rust didn’t like the quilt.
Not one to give up easily (on this anyway) I reverted to my growing selection of rusty items. First go….a few rust imprints but not much. So, still not 100% pleased…..I did it again. Vinegar is my friend.
I’m starting to like it more, however, I’m not sure I’m finished…… it needs something else……maybe some painted embellishment with paintstiks? Tea dyeing? A trip to the neighbor’s compost heap? More rust? I’m not sure yet but I do know that it’s not ready to be quilted yet. Slumming at the local TIP (dump) looking for new and interesting rust items is on my agenda for this week (thanks to Pam & Diane for that idea)!
I had a friend ask me what it was about ‘destroying’ these pristine quilt tops that excites me. She is totally perplexed about my notion to bury quilts, rust quilts or heaven forbid (and I haven’t done this one yet) burying a quilt top in a compost heap. I think I like the results because it’s unexpected. And, it gives them an aged look. A somewhat loved, lived in look. I think I like that about life also (I’m a somewhat reluctant supporter of wrinkles).
Life is good.