what a summer it’s been!

While things have been quieter over here on in this space, life has certainly been quite the opposite in real life, which likely is the reason for the neglect here. Hmm…

How about a bit of “honest studio”? My space will never be in those slick magazines!

explosion of colors

Amid this feverish Crafturday improv piecing session for a giant quilt (on deadline, no less…!), things truly got out of hand in the tidiness department. Notice the indigos on the floor in the background and the piles of sewing machine parts in a jumble on top of the shelf there. And, really, a good vacuuming would be welcome. Of course, I prefer the chaos while I’m working, I strive for perfection but actually would rather see something a little askew.

Mostly I’ve spent the past three months working harder than I usually work because I have had the freedom to decide how to spend all my time. I might have gotten myself into more stress while on summer vacation than I do while in the more intensive times of doing the full RealJob. But this stress this summer turned into much more energy to then find the right way to solve a problem and begin to carve out new paths. That’s all a little cryptic, but maybe you get the idea?

More specifically, I’ve traveled a bit; I’ve spent time with friends, family, and colleagues; I’ve devoured countless books on math, physics, art history, philosophy…ahem, and novels…, while also getting to putter in my tiny garden and experiment in producing new-to-me forms of art. It’s been a summer of renewal, long denied—my first summer break in five years.

And now I’m ready to hunker down and get more substantial things done. More on that soon.

Have a great weekend!

(not so) mute monday: the one with making stripes

a bowl of this:

Scrapping

becomes this:

Makin' stripes

which becomes…

i’m back!

Well, after an enormously wonderful welcome in the rush hour traffic of Cambridge, MA last week, I garaged the car and enjoyed a few days with great people in a great area.

Here’s the quick recap…!

First I spent an afternoon at Gather Here just sewing here and there, but mostly meeting some of my sewing heroes and eating lots of cookies. Among lots of other folks, there was Stacie and Martiza, toast-mogul Eling, and overachiever Molly who finished her snake trail quilt!

GatherHereCollage

That evening, I was overwhelmed by getting to meet many of you lovely folks out there who read this blog. Thanks for coming!

At Gather Here

It was an impromptu trunk show, with spanning samples of all my work. Really, I mostly just rambled on about quilts, stitchery, censorship, politics, math and stuff. The Q&A was fun too! Maybe I’ll do this again elsewhere?

The rest of the week was spent doing work-y work in the evenings and playing all day. Made it to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Pilgrim/Roy collection of quilts.

At the MFA

Ate room service breakfast in bed, wandered the Lowell Folk Festival with friends, and got my own felt vampire toast from Eling.

BostonFood Collage
LowellCollage

Boston, I’ll be back…in an exhibition at Highfield Hall in the Fall. I’ll keep working on my accent until then.

Have a great week!

Boston folks!

Just a quick post to let you guys know I’ll be at Gather Here in Cambridge all afternoon on Thursday, July 24—tomorrow.

Kaboomsky!

I’ll be sewing all day and just hanging out. Stop by to sew or knit or whatever with me or just to meet and chat. And then at 7pm I’ll be doing a trunk show and informally discussing quilting, motivations, techniques, and potty-mouths.

See you there!