Of roads, quilting, photos, and blogs.

This weekend, I randomly went to Kentucky. I also spent an insubordinate amount of time in a car, driving the interstate between Louisville and Cincinnati, happily gazing outside the windows to see mountains much like the mountains near my hometown in Massachusetts.

New fabric and Jaywalker 2
I’ve been drawn to blues and blacks and whites recently.

Scott’s mother, our sister-in-law, and Scott’s aunt embarked on a trip across southern Indiana and northern Kentucky on Saturday for a shop hop; the three of them purchased ‘passports’ from one of the shops, then had to get the passport ‘stamped’ at eight different shops in the area. Eight. I was along for the ride during round 2 of the hop, which took me to five different shops throughout the area. I was interested. I like driving around a state I had only been to twice prior; once to Louisville about five years ago, and again to help his grandfather move into his old apartment a few years ago. I love new states.

I knit. Everyone knows I knit. What everyone does not know, however, is that I quilt. A little. Scott’s mom taught me how a few years back and got me a basic sewing machine for Christmas that year, but I haven’t devoted much time to it so far. I have a few quilting books, even, and I’ve put together a few tops. She said I did a good job for not having done it before, and I had a good time figuring things out. I think I like quilting because of the mathematical parts; measuring, fitting things together, finding a way to put the pieces together. It’s like a puzzle, somewhat.

But now I want to do more quilting. I saw some patterns I liked (how could I not; I did go to five different quilt shops, each with their own assortment of quilts adorning the walls, of course I’d find a pattern or two I liked!), and I’m pretty sure I can improvise a pattern and figure out what I need to do without buying a book. It’s pretty fascinating, the art of cutting up fabric and sewing it back together in patterns. I always liked geometry and tesselations as a kid, and I do have a minor in mathematics, so it’s no surprise I’m drawn into quilting.

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001.365. I hope I stick with this.

I believe I’m going to attempt the 365 project again. I tried taking a picture of myself once a day back in August and again in October, failing after about thirty days both times. This time, I hope to take pictures every day, even if I loathe the photo immensely. I want to stick with it. (EDIT: Nope, I didn’t stick with it. I stopped updating sometime in May.)

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I wanted to mention this in my last post, but my husband started a blog, titled Zero Comments. Please, don’t let his blog live up to its name and leave him some feedback! He’ll be writing about politics, gaming, and life in general, and he has a post now about who he’s backing in the 2008 US Presidential election and some reasons why. I’m looking forward to reading more of his posts. (EDIT: His blog no longer exists.)

8 thoughts on “Of roads, quilting, photos, and blogs.”

  1. Shauna

    My husband has a blog too, but he rarely writes in it. I love reading it though. It’s like picking his brain. :)

    I’ve always loved quilts, but I’m not a very calculated person, and I don’t think I could make it look just right. I haven’t sewed anything since grade 9 though.

    I really like the black and white fabric pictured here. It’s pretty.

  2. Brian

    I’m rebuilding my wiki on South Bend & although I haven’t gotten to the Quilting section yet, here’s everything I know right now:

    The biggest local quilting group meets @ the downtown Mishawaka library. There’s also a group that meets @ the Centre Township Library on SB’s south side. There may be a 3rd group that meets @ the Battell Center in Mishawaka, but I’m sure of this one.

    Don’t think any of the groups are on the Web yet. You might want to check @ Erica’s on Ironwood for quilting group info.

    My Mom’s been a quilter for years – that’s how I know any of this. You’re welcome!

  3. Brian

    Oops – retyping – There may be a 3rd group that meets @ the Battell Center in Mishawaka, but I’m NOT sure of this one.

    Good luck!

  4. Your right, I didn’t know you quilted too. I love cutting fabric and sewing it back together again in new and interesting ways. I’m more a topper than a quilter. Once I have a quilt top done, I am anxious to move on to the next top instead of actually quilting the top to get it completely finished. I have a whole box of tops that I get machine quilted by someone else as money allows. I want to know what you have planned for that blue and black material.

    Hey if you want to look through some of my quilt books/magazines, I have quite a few. Speaking of Tessellations, there is a great book by Jenny Beyer called Designing Tessellations. They probably have it at the S.B. Libary. I used to own it, but thought it was a little advanced for me and sold it to a friend for her artist husband.
    I want to know what you have planned for that blue and black material.

  5. I’ve always wanted to learn how to quilt, but I’ve got learning curve problems: I don’t like doing anything until I can do it well. Which explains why my knitting has never gotten very far, I suppose.

  6. Laura

    I noticed on your Twitter that you were bummed about BRMC being in Grand Rapids on a weekday. I was just checked St. Louis show listings, and they’re coming here on April 25–a Friday. (Granted, the drive may be a bit much, but I’m throwing that out there.)

    On subject, I’ve never tried quilting. Sounds awesome, though!

  7. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with your actual post, but I was just checking up on your website and saw on your sidebar that your “music of the moment” included OK Go’s “Get Over It” and I just wanted to say that you have some seriously good taste in music… Because that song is so darn catchy! :p

  8. I am a topper as well. I would love to learn how to quilt my own tops but I just know I couldn’t do them by hand. I had someone doing them that was so good and she passed away. I would love to see what those fabs will look like together.

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