Soul-o is in, then out, then back, standing at the door. Like a messenger.
Preparing by stacking at least 3-4 days wood on the porch because of the possibility of deep drifting snow. Hoping for no power outages because it is Cold. Not stitching but on paper considering how we are always between growing and falling away.
How to express that in nine.
I might have time to stitch this while it is snowing tomorrow. And talk about that too.
The fire was mostly on the floor and mostly away from the roof and walls. It's now a gross pile of gunk and we are not even sure what we lost. Some old cloth, some paper. Lots of ash. The day warmed past the freezing mark so we had the garage door open. We shoveled ash. Part of the smoke stink is contained on one side of the house now. The room with all the current cloth work was also open to the air today as well at intervals. Lots of clean up to do. But I think it is not that bad. More shocked than anything else. Maybe a little of that is good once in a while.
There was a gap in the second ring on the Nest of Days cloth. Today I filled it. Not with what was pinned there the other day, but with a loose page from the little cloth book I was working on during Small Journeys, while considering Free Pages. From Scrap Book one.
Another ring is complete. I flipped the cloth to look at it many ways. It seems to work well like this. I like the shift right above the eye. That happened way back here and I fit it into the grid by adjusting the cloth around it.
This ring seems to be about the expected and the unexpected. I am trying to put that into words. It's like the checkerboard built with dark and light and 9s. I planned it in a way. It took awhile but I sort of knew what was coming next as I went along. So much so that I even grew impatient to see it like that. And then. A gap. A gap that stayed for a few days. And now this, the moons, an unexpected filler but really moons are also part of the expected. Especially as a symbol. And now it is all mixed up. In my mind. This ring of days. So that is just a few words about that. Maybe I am considering order vs natural order.
Probably, if we had been out and about a minute longer...
the house may have burned down. Garage fire, the real kind, with big smoke and flames, due to my own carelessness it seems, which got put out but there is light smoke damage in the adjoining room and the air in here is foul.
This cloth, Magic cloth 2. I will hang it outside after a snow bath and hope that it might be salvaged.
Life can shape-shift in an instant.
The cold will hinder clean up and a change of air.
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.)