Hope you are having an excellent week. Mine has been fairly calm and a little disappointing. I have been on a bee watch, hoping for a swarm of bees to move into one of my swarm traps. For several days it looked very hopeful with lots of scout bees, then suddenly the activity died down and it turned cold here again. The next several days will be warm and I will be back to watching my hives. The rest of my week has been very busy with work and I have put in long hours on this computer.
I thought I would share a couple of my latest obsessions with you in case you would like to check them out.
In the past couple of years I have become very interested in quilts. Making them to be exact. I have never made a quilt and have no idea where this sudden interest came from. I lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for many years and always tried to go to the Amish community’s annual quilt auction. I would walk around amazed at the skill and artistry of their quilts. Often these quilts would sell for thousands of dollars and well they should. I have a Pinterest board called If I ever make a quilt if you would like to follow it or just see what I have been pinning since this quilt thing started happening.
A while back I ran into Sherri Lynn Wood’s book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously. It now resides on my wish list on Amazon. It appealed to me because, try as I might, I rarely am able to follow a pattern. Not that I can’t really, but because my brain will, somewhere in the middle of making something, go “what if I tried this” and that will be the end of the pattern. I have always suspected that any attempt of following a precise quilt pattern would end badly for me. Sherri’s book throws out the precision part and let’s you go off on your own, but at the same time seems to give you the skill set to not wind up with a wadded up mess.
Back to the obsession part of this post. I ran across Abby Glassenberg’s podcast While She Naps (same name as her blog) and she had an interview with Sherri Lynn Wood and that led me to Sherri’s blog Daintytime and I have been binge reading ever since, starting at her very first post. I am especially interested in her bereavement quilts. I think that is an amazing way to work through grief. They are very different from other quilts and bears I have seen using a loved one’s clothes. I am also still very much in love with her improv quilts and foresee the day when I will attempt one of those.
We have had a sudden cleaning out of old jeans here and I have decided to start a quilt with the fabric. Here is what I did last night. After hours and hours on the computer I needed to do something more hands on so I cut up jeans. Don’t expect to see a finished quilt anytime soon, but I’m moving in that direction.
Also interviewed on Abby’s podcast (yes, her podcast is an obsession right now as well) was Ann Wood. Oh. My. Gosh. I love her work. Go to Ann’s blog and see what she does if you like textile art. Really, I just want to sit in those lovely rooms with her and touch all that gorgeous fabric she works with. I’m not a cutesy person. I don’t do cute hearts and fluffy animals. Her birds and animals and insects just make my heart sing. They are rough and royal all at the same time with the simple and ornate fabric. Her boats make me want to take a journey with the cat. Just go check it out.
I have no affiliations with any of these people or their products. I just found them and thought I would pass them along in case you are looking for some new visual candy or creative challenges.
So, my work load is calling and I must go. Have a awesome week and if you have some cool current obsessions please share!