Thursday, September 28, 2017

I Like #36

Welcome to another week of I likes!

This week has been a crazy one at work, but two more days of pushing and I should be through it to the other side.  Saturday is looming large right now!

1. I like getting to blog a bit about other things!  I haven't actually been blogging this week, but last week I wrote a couple of posts about one of my new quilts; the first post went live yesterday and the final quilt will post tomorrow, so come back and check it out!

2. I like the idea of cutting up pieces that aren't working.  This is something I never really got, but I think that was because until recently I liked all my pieces.  I didn't necessarily love them, but I liked them at least.  But my piece conformational change just never sat right with me.  It felt too literal (to me, everyone else for the most part had no idea what it was), and the colors have always felt all off. Then this week I saw Paula Kovarik's latest post (BTW she's one of my favorite fiber artists) and she was talking about cutting pieces up, which reminded me that it's probably a good thing to do with my conformational change piece.  Once I finish the piece I'm working on now, I'm going to jump in with that and see if I can't use it to make something I like better.

3. I like flowers!  The chrysanthemums from my Grandfather's funeral last year are blooming and i'm so pleased they survived the hot summer.  They randomly bloomed a little bit in the spring and I was worried their cycle would be all off.

4.  I like this pendant light!  I was in Home Depot the other day looking at bathtubs because unfortunately we have some tile damage in our bathroom and are going to have to replace our bathtub and tile surround. I'm not much for home decor/diy home stuff; my house is a builder-basic suburban house, whose main redeeming feature is that the walls are chock full of art, but in any case our dining room light is the most generic looking three bulb "chandelier".  I'm not sure I care enough to replace it, but this one really caught my eye as I was running past.

5.  I like Angela Clayton's blog.  She does historical costumery, and doesn't post really often, but when she does, the things she makes are gorgeous.  She talks a fair amount about making her patterning as historically accurate as is feasible and goes through her process in quite a bit of depth which I love.  As a sewist who's always like making ans wearing costumes, but never really had the patience to really dedicate to that as my art form, it's really fun to track someone who does.

6.  I like this John Muir quote!  What a perfect encapsulation of the glory of living in the mountains.  I found it via the Cabin Porn blog, which is a gorgeous collection of pictures of small isolated cabins all over the world in beautiful settings.

"We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams and rocks, in the waves of the sun,—a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal. Just now I can hardly conceive of any bodily condition dependent on food or breath any more than the ground or the sky."

John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra (via Cabin Porn)

And with that I'll say that I hope you guys are having things you like this week!  I hope your area is experiencing nice fall weather (it's been raining here for days but i'm just so grateful we don't have anything worse than that).  Thanks to LeeAnna for gathering us up!


  1. nice list!! I'm going to check out Clayton's blog... fun change of pace. The quote is stirring, thank you. The mums... what a reminder of life continuing just as your loved one continues on in spirit form.

  2. How wonderful you were able to plant those mums and they made it. That just makes me feel good. Historical costumery? I had no idea-guess I live a sheltered life. I was in awe of Angela's craft. We are going to the mountains for a few days in October- I CANNOT WAIT!
    Thanks for the great post. Enjoy your day. mary

  3. Great likes! I love that the mums survived the summer. Hugs! Great light!

  4. I actually made a wall-hanging size piece recently, and cut it up on purpose to learn a little about improv piecing and it was a lot of fun! The first time you cut into something that looks just fine as is, is a little scary, but I ended up loving the way the quilt turned out. I went and read about your Rio Grande project - can't wait to see he you finish it up!

  5. Oh, that Angela Clayton blog is something else. Such beautiful work. Cabin porn. lol. That's good stuff. Cutting apart a piece - I would be interested to see what happens with that.

  6. I love the John Muir quote! And it's fun to see what quilts you are making. I've visiting from Lee Anna's! Hugs, Diane

  7. I like the array of bits you chose for this post Shannon. One of my friend's daughter had a Jane Eyre wedding and she helped make their costumes and I was enthralled with the outfits. All the historical costuming is amazing work. Very interesting and I will check out cabin porn too. I have lived quite happily in a number of places in isolation.