Friday, July 11, 2014

summer travels

We have been back few weeks now, but I feel like I am still settling in at home. We traveled to Washington and Oregon for twelve days - camped seven nights and spent the rest with friends and family. We could hear the ocean most nights from our various campsites. We spent a lot of time exploring fern-filled forests and beaches. It was completely wonderful.

One afternoon near Tillamook, OR we drove past a small road sign for the Latimer Quilt & Textile Center. My boys kindly dropped me off there for a bit so I could have a quiet look around. The current exhibit featured hooked rugs and they were beautiful to see. There was a knitting group sitting in the center of one of the rooms, knitting while they talked. I made my way around the outside edge of the room admiring all sorts of textiles on display while the knitting meeting was taking place in the center of the room. I really liked the combination meeting room/exhibit room and the sense of community I felt in just witnessing this meeting even as an outsider. I think they were discussing donating some of their knitted work. The other large room was full of looms as well as textiles on display all around. After looking at their website a bit I see that, "Weaving lessons are free to members who agree to speak with visitors and work consistently on their project. " So glad I was able to find this place and spend a little time there.

I feel a little overwhelmed by all the photos that I took of the trip. I can't seem to choose just a few, we saw so much. The green and ocean were always there. So just one - rocks above from a favorite day of beach and tide pools at Klaloch on the coast of Washington.

So we are back and traveling here and there around Indiana for the rest of the summer. The plants here at home are happy and huge from all the rain and warm. It really is beautiful. They offer more inspiration than I have time to act on at the moment. Happy summer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

off in search of...

ferns and green. I will be back later. Happy summer to all.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

bit if a square

On Friday I did a bit of sun printing with squares - in between some computer work and last day of school festivities and ceremony.

I am really liking an idea of pixelated color. How that translates really well into quilting and traditional quilt block patterns but is also directly related to all of these digital images we share, send, print and lay eyes on outside of our own act of vision. I have been piecing lots of squares but wanted a few different ways of using that idea without always having to do the piecing.

Those tulip leaves I loved, stitched and painted in April never bloomed. I am working on a cloth that sort of grows out of those leaves and so I am making my own imagined bloom out of squares. I have even added bit of appliqué.