Monday, October 8, 2012


I'm working on a post about pie (and cake). It's kind of a monster...a delicious monster. In the meantime:

Productive afternoon. SMQG FTW! (And Jenny, they don't bite! :-) You're coming with me next time for sure.)

So. many. tomatoes.

African-American Quilts from the Collection of Corinne Riley. Normally we think of quilts as getting their visual impact from repetition, and yet what makes quilts like this one so stunning to me is the deviations from repetition: those variations in the color of the blue fabric around the stars, the various shades of orange and red in the stars (with their seemingly random and yet somehow perfect placement), those two orange diamonds in one of the pink stars. These quilts were also made in a way that is very different from how a lot of the people around me who are into patchwork (including myself, really) work: pieced from materials on hand, leftovers, worn-out clothing and bedsheets. And yet somehow the visual impact is even greater to me than a lot of quilts made from fabric specifically bought for quilting. I'm not sure how to explain this without making it sound like I'm romanticizing poverty. But I look at this quilt and I think: I wish I could make something that looked like that someday.

Post-art refueling.

Harvest feast. Lasagna with mushrooms, summer squash*, and tomato* sauce; basil* pesto flatbread; salad of lettuce*, carrot, and cherry tomato* with walnut-balsamic dressing.

* = all grown by us!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I just saw this (shamefully behind on all my blog reading!). I'm glad you had a great time at the Guild meeting. Let me know next time you go for sure!!

    That star quilt is gorgeous. There definitely is a specific kind of art and style that comes out of necessity and scarcity.