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spring dillard quote

I’ve been trying to will on Spring to finally really arrive. I’m not sure that the text/patterned background totally works here. I’m planning on trimming this up, putting it on a piece of felt, and adding some flower applique. But regardless, the sentiment rings true. I needed to replace the Winter piece lest it be the thing keeping cold and snow hanging around. I like the idea of having one for each season, reminding me of all the things there are to love in each quarter of the year.

strap yourself to a tree with roots

It’s been a while since I got that perfect feeling of yes, this is what needs to be made with this exact piece of paper. In this case, I had a real actual sense of what I wanted to make. Usually, I sort of just wing it and see if it works. This was the third tree that got made to go with the roots. I am glad I was persistent and stuck with the idea I had in my head.

strap yourself to a tree with roots detail

The title comes from a line in a Dylan song — You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere. I’ve been thinking a lot about the music I grew up listening to. In this case it was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover version of the song.

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roots

Last month, I decided to enter my Rosie: Oyster Shucker piece into the local needlework show held at a historical site called Woodlawn Plantation. It’s an event that I mean to go to every year (this year is the 51st year of the exhibition), but have never made it to… until today. My mother came down (she also put in a mini quilt) and we were more or less the first people there today. We walked in to the first room, and the first thing I see is my piece hanging there on the wall, with a blue ribbon.

Photos are technically not allowed, but since it was my piece, I did get permission, but it was quick, hence the blurriness.

Photos are technically not allowed, but since it was my piece, I did get permission. But it was quick, hence the blurriness.

It was completely an unexpected surprise, and it caught me a little off-guard. Frankly, my first thought was that I must have had no competition! But the women working the show assured me that no one is awarded a ribbon if they don’t deserve one. My mother also received a 2nd place ribbon for her mini-quilt. Not too shabby for a couple of first-timers!

I wish that I could have taken photos of many other pieces as they were really very stunning. The Best In Show winner was this amazing blackwork (with touches of purple and gold) and there were some very inventive canvas work samplers.

If you’re in the Northern Virginia area, I highly recommend the show.

Earlier this week, my department went to a lunch and had a tour of this amazing place, The Mansion on O Street, and while there I happened upon this amazing Algebra book (among other things: like hidden doors and a bathroom with a chess table set up inside of it!)

 

While I am not ready to tackle one of the pages with amazing typography, I did feel ready to play with one of the end pages — full of problem-solving. This particular page happens to be very sturdy, so it will hold up to having a lot of holes put into it. I’ve also been longing to put together organic embroidery stitching and geometric stitching into one piece. I find it helpful to take photos of my pieces as I go along when I only sort of have a direction. It’s easier for me to look at a piece in its entirety in a photo than in person for some reason. Here’s a look at how it progressed.

 

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This piece in particular doesn’t quite feel done just yet, but I’m sleeping on it for now.

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