I just can’t seem to stay on top of this goal for myself. The idea is that I write this post at the end of every month. And once it becomes a routine it will become my monthly e-newsletter. How hard is that?
What happened two months ago? Good question. The way I remember things is by looking at the photos I took.
We started the process of building me a storage space off of the back of our house. It will be connected to my studio and feature tall shelves filled with textiles. I am hoping this will bring some order to our lives. My fiber collections have started to move out of the studio and into other people’s personal space. The truth is, my teenage sons no longer want to house my extensive collection of vintage Vogue patterns in their closet.
I did a final mark up on the book.
The reality of this book has been incremental. Last fall when I was getting up at four in the morning to stitch, the idea of a BOOK seemed so far away, so impossible. Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape is in the C&T catalogue listing upcoming publications. Just one more sign that I am almost an author.
I attended the first ever Wild Wonder Women of the Wrangells Bad Ass Hero Camp out in the Wrangell St. Elias National park. I cannot think of a better to jump start a summer than to wear Wonder Woman socks in the Wrangells. If you missed the adventure, you can read about here. Or even better, watch the video.
I attended a fascinating lecture given by visual artist Meredith Leich who was the Wrangell Mountains Center’s first artist in residence for the summer. She shared her animation of what a glacier melting over Chicago might look like.
We also learned some fun stop motions tricks for our phones.
I taught a small but intense quilt making workshop at the Wrangell Mountains Center. As usual, I learned more than my students. Afterwards I wrote a blog post about everything I wish I had said on the first day of class. You can read that here.
I continued a small slow burn of commitment to my collage project. I like to reward myself at the end of a good day with a bit gluing and painting. If you want to follow that journey, you can on my new instagram account called cutsthingsup.
I stitched and stitched and stitched on what I thought was going to be one big and beautiful quilt.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. I now know I have two smaller and similar quilts in progress. I had tried to splice in an expanded palette, and it did not work. I wasted several days stitching and unstitching—hitting that wall of failure, falling down, picking myself back up and accepting the destiny of the work.
I spent several afternoons building a banner with my dear friend Paul Scannell. I missed the McCarthy July 4th parade, but my fusing skills were present.
And then I packed up the McCarthy Cabin and headed back to town for a series of teaching adventures….
Can you remember what you did this summer? Is it fading fast or deeply embedded? Did you make, garden, hike, learn, or connect?