Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Good Old Days


The last week turned out to be much busier than I had anticipated. Eldest daughter was home from college, and there was catching up to do, and family time to enjoy. It took me several days after designing the layouts for my square quilts, (see post below) to actually find the time to begin constructing them. Unfortunately, once I had the time, I had lost the desire. That happens all the time with me. I need to strike while the iron is hot, (that is how the old saying goes isn't it?) Otherwise, the inspiration cools and new ideas pop up demanding my full attention. This time around my brain was only seeing retro TV's and I had to make a "Boob Tube" quilt! I am not sure why my mind is all of a sudden focused on TV images. Maybe it's from all this talk of everything going digital, or whatever it is that television is going to be doing soon. Something about a converter box, and government mandates. Uhgg. I miss the days when all you had to do was plug it in. No muss, no fuss. Except the reception was often bad, prompting my Dad to start fooling around with the buttons on the back of the set. Then the whole screen would go hay wire, and he'd ask me to come up and move the rabbit ear antennas this way and that way. Off he'd go into the kitchen to get a bit of aluminum foil which he would wrap around the antennas. Dad would stand back and direct as I would wiggle those rabbit ears all around until... "Hold it! Don't move! Stay right there! Perfect!!" Ever so slowly I would move away, one inch, two inches... And then the reception would go out again and we'd get to start the whole process over! Yup, those were the good old days!

5 comments:

Cicada Studio said...

ooo, something more literal than abstract. Colors are perfect for the retro-ness. I remember a plastic "wooden" frame with plastic "silver" dials and real aluminum foil antennae. there's something nostalgic about it all, but if I had to go back, I'd probably be so frustrated!

picciolo said...

hi, love the tv image, the colours are gorgeous! I hope you get the desire back to finish your square quilts soon, they looked like they were going to be great
: )

Hey Harriet said...

Love it! Those square quilts from your previous post are also gorgeous. I adore all of your colour combinations. Pefect for your retro designs. I'm a total sucker for retro :)

~Stella said...

Funny story about the rabbit ears. Great quilt! Those are awesome retro-ey colors!! Love it!

g said...

I totally remember doing the inching away from the rabbit ears...it helped if you held your breath!

{Love the new quilt btw!}