That's how it went today. A kind of longing as I watch the snow fall. Like a walk in the forest.
After this ring the cloth will be about 40" square I think. I will probably begin backing it. Even though it will probably keep growing. Gotta dig out all the walnut dyed cloth for this ring. Use it. Each ring takes longer. But the bigger squares seemed to confuse that issue.
Power still up here but as temperatures drop and winds increase, well we'll see. Unplugging until it's over. Two fires to keep burning.
is a quilt in which the top layer consists of pieces of fabric sewn together to form a design. Originally, this was to make full use of left-over scraps of fabric, but now fabric is often bought specially for a specific design. Patchwork blocks were initially created individually, accumulated over time, by use of scrap and salvaged material. Geometric designs were the most efficient way to aggregate fabric into useful units.
Over the years, I have made many templates. Most of them squares or triangles. Actually most of them 1 or 2 or 3 inch shares. And the triangles that resulted from splitting them in half. Of course then, I have cut pieces specifically to form a desired design. Like the patchwork cat.
These days I have changed my method to some sort of perpetual template set. There are two reasons for this. It helps me use what I already have, and at this point, use it up.
And there is a logical relationship between all the pieces that helps me create the meaning, the story. In a new an exciting way. With what I want to call language or story blocks.
Like this. Where stuff fits together but is not necessarily a planned meeting ahead of time. A component system based on what's on hand and what's in my mind. I think this might work as a design system based on potential and not of expectation.
Note to self: Method is just the way that works best for your going. At the moment.
( The method of piecing here is my Paperless Piecing method, listed in the sidebar under the Feel Free index. I will be adding this post as a reference on that page.)
In the beginning I thought I would set up a counting system. To measure the going, giving each square a value. Or maybe giving each set of squares a a value, a day, or what not. So by counting them I might measure the time spent in the forming.. But I changed my mind. I work on it as time allows. And now I am only measuring how it might go. How it happened in just its becoming. I have managed 64 squares so far , halfway through the 3rd ring around the center. I am not counting days. It has become a more personal calendar. Maybe measuring my ability to continue. Accomplish. Marking that.
I ironed it a bit. Not my usual thing. But flattening it, I thought, might make the seam pattern more visible, And it did. The squared basket-self is so subtle.
It forms almost too slowly. But I don't mind. There is no deadline. It just is.
I pinned it over the center of Nest of Days. To quiet it for a moment.
I have used the term design mending for a while now, all these years of working with cloth. Today, as I think of working in layers, how that is how image happens, (even if it is layers of time) I realize that all design is a kind of mending. This is important to me. My going.