Monday, December 10, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
I have slowly been working on my sewing room/studio, removing all unnecessary clutter. Trying to be very honest about what I use and what I don't use/need. It is becoming a place I want to be rather than the catch-all it had become.
Before Maple even came to be with us I placed this old sectional piece in the dormer window in hopes she would be my company in this room. This morning, after a lovely and apparently exhausting walk in the woods she has settled into her spot.
Have a restful weekend.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
I hope to have lots to share soon, but I am taking a break from making and stitching to do a bit of sorting out and reorganizing. I am hoping clearing out of this and that will help to clear my head.
I have been spending much time looking through things inside, but outside each morning - the frost has been so very inspiring.
More soon. Thanks for checking in.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The room that holds our fireplace also has the largest and oldest window in our house. I am making a window panel to help hold in the warmth on the days we need it. When it is cold outside and the fire is lit we will move homework, dog bed, toys, work, play and whatever into this room. Today was very sunny and so I thought great to test fabrics in the light. This is a thrifted heavy canvas drop cloth and I love the texture and weight yet transparency of it. The center indigo panel was made in the wonderful springtime indigo workshop with Glennis Dolce. I like the way the sun shines through the four white squares even when overlaid on the canvas. Today this was held with rubber bands and straight pins. There is a lot of the construction to figure out.
I want to be able to roll up and secure like this on warmest sunny winter days.
The panel must include these beautiful sugar maple leaves that closely surround our house. I want to remember all of this yellow in this time of year we begin to move into this room.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I would love for the things I make to be artifacts of our own family history. I have a small "to make" list that I hope to start working on soon. I want these handmade things to be silent but memorable parts of our moments within these rooms. I want to construct them in a way that will last a long time. Some will have a seasonal purpose and may be put away and pulled out again when needed. I am thinking about all of this.
I found the needle, thread through the scrap of calendar in a box of sewing things that belonged to my grandma.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The weekend was beautiful and the leaves are starting to really show their color. Winged sumac - red!
You can see why they are so named. This one will enlarge with a click.
I had my red runner (last mentioned here) close by - to inspire some leaves in the stitching.
These are the last of the reds from the garden. Soon I will try making hot pepper jelly. It's time to bring everything in, there was honest to goodness frost this morning.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
My September flowers in a quilt block. I am going to call this project "color journal" for now. I hope to make at least one block per month, but I can imagine there may be times I will be inspired by just one day.
Flower power inspiration. I can already see green wasn't represented very well in the block, but maybe I can make up for it in October - before the greens fade away. I was thinking wet soil with the dark brown. All of our rain has come in the fall and made the late season perennials very happy and green.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mending the torn knee on a little pair of size 4 pants will not make them fit my long-legged, full day of kindergarten, going on 6-year-old boy. They were in the mending pile too long.
The excitement of having the time to focus on planning and building on some things I have been slowly working towards for years is mingled with moments of heavy heart that my boys are growing up. This is in and of all that I have done this past month and a half. Into almost October I am seeing both boys thriving and enjoying school and friends and I am feeling it all lighten a bit.
I have been thinking of purple, yellow and brown for some simple quilt blocks. I used the pants - cut them up for the quilt block rather than mend and pass on. They will become a part of something we will hold on to. I love the line made by the faded brown against the unfaded brown. This may be the start of something about remembering color. A simple idea I can build on as I go.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Noticeably greater in size, but just as quietly there in the water as the others.
This cloth is growing into something - everything all together.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The pup and I are finding ourselves with our feet in the cool creek water as often as we can. Maple sometimes goes far enough out to swim a little - she makes a tight little circle of doggie paddling.
We walk through our busy little town to this place that feels so far from everything. During the week I start to crave a few moments here to refuel and breathe it all in. The sycamore leaves are falling and becoming part of the water and rocks.
This one half summer - half fall. The yellow then brown sneaking in through the veins.
I want the things I make to have a sense of all of this.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I have this drawn out in my head as I want it to look. I can see it. The stitches are slowly becoming what I imagine them to be and I am happy. The act of taking it from my head and bringing it out through my hands brings a calm focus to everything. I feel more myself.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I have started stitching around some goatsbeard leaves. They are many-toothed so there are many stitches. I am thinking about more contrast and plotting out areas full of stitches alongside areas of none. I had moved towards browns and golds - thinking of fall.
I went out to look at the goatsbeard plants yesterday and have a closer look at the veins of the leaves. The very hot and unusually dry summer has left nearly all of our perennial plants looking burned and brown. On the goatsbeard I noticed brand new bright green growth at the base of several of the plants, because we have finally had some rain these last few weeks.
and so I was inspired to add a bit of green.
But... the pale stitches reminds me more of a light frost, which I admit I have spent a bit of time daydreaming about because of the chiggers. I am done with the wicked late summer chiggers.