Tidbit #0: If you’re in the Atlanta area you should go to the Making Change show at the Museum of Design and then tell me all about it. One of my quilts is there too.

Tidbit #1: Last weekend I got to spend quite a bit of time in Williamsburg, VA hosted by Colonial Piecemaker’s Guild. We sewed small things and improvisationally handquilted like crazy. Annnnnnd…I failed to take a single picture. This was one of those times when it just felt great to be in the moment with lovely people doing the things we love to do. Off to Portland, OR to do the same stuff and I hope to be more disciplined with the photos so the experience is shareable here. I’ll do better. I’ll try.

Tidbit #2: Checking in to show-and-tell my progress on this third or fourth iteration of that commissioned quilt project that’s due much too soon. It’s a buncha tidbits itself that I’m also handquilting because self-torture is a thing we do sometimes. Even worse, I’m using invisible thread for it. Sheesh.

quilting the bits by hand.

Luckily, the quilt is “small,” a relative term…it’s a little less than 40×48″. And I wish those weren’t the constraints for the project, this would be an idea I’d like to embiggen to huge proportions. And I may or may not have just stocked up on fabrics to explore doing that sometime soon.

Tidbit #3: Let’s talk about other tidbits; we haven’t done this in a while.

  • I’m kicking myself for so poorly planning my road trip down to Virginia. It would have been wonderful to stop through DC to visit the portrait gallery and other museums. And I’d love to see the quilts of Stephen Towns that are on display in the Baltimore Museum of Art. [Below is just one stunning example. It’s: One Night at Cabin Pond. 2016. Natural and synthetic fabric, nylon tulle, polyester and cotton thread, crystal glass beads, resin and metal buttons. 35 x 28 1/2 in. Photography by Joseph Hyde]
  • StephenTowns_CabinPond

  • The Good Fight is a show that continues following the lives of a few characters from The Good Wife and it was released only on CBS’s online platform. Via amazon, one can watch with a free trial of the CBS stream, so I caught up on season 1 while doing that quilting above. Good writing; good acting. And it’s one of those fantasy worlds like The West Wing where the progressively morally right thing happens more often than not.
  • Contrast in Black and White

  • This photo is “Contrast in Black and White” taken in New York in 1970 by Frank Stewart and is part of an exhibition of photography at the National Arts Club in NYC celebrating the power and grace of black women. This article in the NYTimes gives an intriguing glimpse into the show.

Someday I hope all the tidbits of life will coalesce into some bigger ideas. That requires more time for quiet thinking.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

xo,
c