mostly mute monday: the one with all the little and littler squares

squares!

Drunk on squares...little squares.

squares!

(1024 @ 3/4″)

squares!

(256 @ 1/2″)

squares!

squares!

squares!

squares!

this one time at quilt camp…

So I’ve been home from this long-anticipated retreat in Maine, organized with aplomb by Samantha Lindgren of A Gathering of Stitches and co-taught by her and Carolyn Friedlander. We slowly stitched small things in the Roberta barn, played with boro, and needle-turned applique while lingering in rocking chairs on the porch.

When in Maine 2015

And it was so much more than that. This was only the second sewing retreat I’ve attended and both were super fun, though quite different. Particularly, both featured wonderful folks I’ve wanted to know, new-to-me folks I hope to see again sometime. There’s something to the immediate common bond of making that smooths over my shy moments of introduction and small talk.

When in Maine 2015

And then there’s Maine! I keep saying that it’s a lot like Florida but with better weather—in August. (And some bigger hungry bugs.) I can’t wait to go back next summer!

When in Maine 2015

Road trip! Western MA is a verdant wonderland at this time of year.

When in Maine 2015

The bay in Portland at sunset. Still more driving to get to the retreat, though.

When in Maine 2015

Holy Donut provisions before driving the rest of the way.

When in Maine 2015

The 100 year old barn where I taught.

When in Maine 2015

When in Maine 2015

Getting down to bizness.

When in Maine 2015

Heather and Tracy diligently stitching small things.

When in Maine 2015

Emily’s first draft.

When in Maine 2015

Kristen sewing log cabins.

When in Maine 2015

Ivete’s mini-geese.

When in Maine 2015

Elizabeth’s improv. (I think this block is about 12″)

When in Maine 2015

Kristin Shields’ tiny parts building up to something amazing.

When in Maine 2015

Amanda Hines’ approach to Roberta is amazing. Those tiny slivers just killed me dead.

When in Maine 2015

Elisa Albury had to put my cheater reading glasses on over her own to edit her small sewing.

When in Maine 2015

And her hard work paid off.

When in Maine 2015

Darcy brought a mini iron, which came in handy for her pineapple.

When in Maine 2015

Sharon’s Roberta bits frame out Erin’s tiny log cabin nicely.

When in Maine 2015

Of course we took a break for lobstah!

When in Maine 2015

Then I challenged myself to sew ever smaller.

When in Maine 2015

Here’s how it looks when draped over the rafter in the barn, as is tradition in barn retreats.

When in Maine 2015

Oh and there was a pretty wall in Rockland. There was fun gelato nearby too.

I could go on and on and on…

in a daze…

Well, I’ve been on an odyssey I’d love to tell you all about but that’ll have to wait until next week. The short version? Maine is awesome (in early August) and it turns out that I love teaching design. More later.

Wanna peek of my current WIP?

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Umm, yeah, the small triangles are small…very small. And I’m addicted to this.

How about some faves to explore?

  • I’m unendingly mesmerized by these aerial views on Google Earth. Be sure to click the arrows on the sides to see a new random image. Every. single. one. is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Some are surprising. And it’s now my go-to site for moments of disengagement.
  • I’ve got a little design-educator crush on Roman Mars of the 99% Invisible podcast. (I linked to his TED talk on city flags recently.) This older episode on barbed wire has stuck with me for a long while. Even reading a book about the history of barbed wire now just for fun.
  • What if we revered teachers the way we worship professional athletes? Key and Peele show us how they think it’d play out. (The BMW ad at the end is part of the sketch.)

See you next week!

Bobby Dole’s Blue Jeans

Where were we? Oh yes, I was dyeing everything blue. With all the yardage I dunked in the indigo (multiple times, each piece), I decided to try to get that pineapple quilt done again, closer to the initial design.

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

There was no lingering because there was a deadline for an exhibition. Oy. But I pressed on through and got the deed done.

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

And I still want to sew more pineapple blocks, believe it or not.

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

But later…later. And a little differently.

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

I promise to tell you all about it. Maybe.

Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans

Heh.

The Details

Materials: my own handdyed indigos and bits of commercially dyed cottons and neutrals
Techniques: improvisationally-pieced by machine using paper foundations; machine quilted; hand faced; handdyed
Finished size: about 33″ square
Started: March 2015
Finished: June 2015