I love fabric with "stuff" on it - fauna, flora, money, manatees, cupcakes, cocktails, archery equipment, the kitchen sink, really - nouns of all descriptions. To me, these "conversational" fabrics (also called novelty fabrics) are like an artists' paints; the more I collect, the more my quilts can say.
This quilt was made for a friend who collects Middle Eastern carpets. She has a beautiful assortment on the walls as well as the floors. And she takes very good care of them (Shoes off in the house is rule #1!)
I came across the brown/red/gold carpet fabric that's used below, left, and knew I had to make her something from it.
As a tribute to her diligent carpet maintenance, I added a vacuuming lady. I hand-quilted the on-point squares behind her, as if she is vacuuming the pattern onto her carpeting.
I liked that, but realized it needed a bit more.
So I dug out my Elvis fabric, and cut an Elvis head from it. From the same fabric as the vacuuming lady, I cut out an old-fashioned radio.
(Here's an overview of this wonderful vintagy fabric:)
With the additions, it looks like this:
Have you ever vacuumed 'quilting lines' into your rugs?