The center of the star is an indigo batik from Tiggy Rawling. She dyes on a nice light weight cloth. And the shifting of the design, I want to talk about that separately.
But really to let you know, it all ended up as part of the Nest of Days, the square basket that holds Just Going as it vibrates outward, and here it is before I closed the ring. The ring I call the transition ring. The edge for now.
And now it is rather large.
I imagine it will be a lot bigger. But I will begin backing it and talk about my approach to that as it has evolved from one method into another over the years. Which is how it goes when you keep at it.
There was some late night reinforcing of center. Holding can be a simple and beautiful thing with no other agenda. Today's nine is a basket holding nine again. By a thread. Note to self: Stay true to your holding and you may grow into a magic vessel. Hold more without taking up any more space.
I like how I've divided space and filled it at the same time. The form that has resulted holds so much. How broken apart and mended is a symbol of strength. Resource. Just Going. Heart. Hope. Truth. How it might happen, becoming more, dream catching, gathering, inspiration, kindness, magic, oneness, patience, placekeeping, problem solving, redefinition, sense, transformation, trust, usefulness, weathering the storm, what if. So many things I hold dear. Keep me sane.
The Corner. This is where I use the computer now. Mostly when the sun is gone. It just so happens, so far, there is no sun today.
So the corner. I softened it to make it look more romantic.
I'll hang some cloth there.
Today is a dark day. The sun seems blue. I picked up this old fling fragment while looking for something else. This was created using a technique I call Cut Away Applique(I've added that to the Feel Free Index). Which really turns applique into patchwork. A great way to get a curved piecing effect. Somewhere, sometime, I dipped it into a fading indigo vat. which gave it a nice tonal effect. It is pinned to the perpetual grid cloth which has become my design wall. I am going to stitch on this one over the weekend. Cut Away Applique, it rhymes like a small song poem.
Yesterday I came across a piece of my work posted on someone's Facebook page. As if it wasn't mine. Why would you do that? (I probably know the answer to that) I guess that is why folks don't post their work on Facebook. Or around much. Well I'll be damned if selfish folks will ruin my heart. Here I stand, Feeling Free. Undeterred. So there. Fooey on You-ey. I am not like you.
Outside my window I swear I hear a small bird singing... Bernie... Ber-nie.
It's not politics, just an impression.
I'm thinking more about blogging lately. It should be a document of who you are. Not a marketing scheme. A website can be that. This is not that.
Patch to Patch Lining is something I need to talk more about. I use the same overcast method as in Paperless Piecing (video link in sidebar in case you are new here)). Just stitching around the edge with pieces back to back. Works great to simply line a small piece. Making the edge a seam. A meeting place. There is more to that for larger pieces. Later...
I'm continuing from here. In the blue light of morning.
The raw seam will hold the center. Maybe a kind of honesty. A frame for that.
I'm not around on the web much. I'm reading some but not saying. Short on words and working through that. I suppose I might go either way. I find myself caught by the thoughts between one word and another. They echo back at me and I say "what?"
I am using up some old linen and cotton upholstery samples I have here to build the cabin. Using things up. The back of the cloth is on the up side here, the print will show on the other side, thought it does show in a subtle way on this side as well. Since the base cloths are thick yet soft, this will be a single layer blanket, no batting or backing will be added. So the one side and the other side will actually be one, exchanging places now and then. Inside out. Outside in. Exposed. Quiet.
I suppose Path and Home have crossed over in my mind today.
I did do some stitching. The center panel is eco printed silk. You might find out a lot about the Eco Print process by looking into the books by India Flint. The only departure here is that I cut the plant material (in this case onion skins)into shapes because leaf prints are not my thing and everyone is doing that at this point. Right? Just trying to find my Way. I don't feel it is my place to teach this process. India is listed on my Placekeeper page under Wander and not Get Lost. I made a few jottings today. To gather my thoughts. Noting more than ever how they cross over. And Patchwork has surfaced again in more of a story form. I continue.
Ultimately I arrived here. With the Heart's Path at the center of Home. Now configured as some easy going Log Cabin arrangement. And I think I will leave the center block framed by a softer raw edge by simply making that seam inside out. Normally I might entertain doing these long seams on the machine. But I put the machine away for good. A long hand stitched seam is more like wandering than running toward a destination. So I will do a bit of that.
Notes to self:
1-The log cabin block is very much like a basket.
2-Seams might be used as personal symbols in some way.