Sunday, May 27, 2012

Three-day weekend

After all the rain we've had this week, the flowers are going nuts. The poppies have popped!

They are huge and RED! Makes me happy to be alive just to see them as I pass by. And just look how loaded with buds. When they all bloom it will be—well, I don't know what, but I'm sure it will be exciting.

We are having a stay-at-home holiday weekend and enjoying puttering around. There is a plan to barbeque this afternoon, but the weather doesn't look great. We'll make it work.

Ray and I went to a rock place near us and picked out stones for a pathway from the studio to the bridge, so I won't have to tramp through the muck to get to the studio. Shopping for rocks seems, on the one hand, sort of amusing, considering all the free rocks that are just laying around! As you dig rocks out of your garden and pile them up for who knows what use, it seems very unlikely that one would ever actually go out and pay money to haul rocks onto your property. But, yes, we went out and bought rocks. Nice little flat paving sort of rocks. Yesterday Ray constructed a step/landing pad surface at the bottom of the studio porch steps and started laying out stones to get an idea how a path might come together. It is a little like piecing odd scraps together to make a crazy quilt. It's going to be great once they are set into some sand and the moss begins to fill in between them.

The "air" quilt is coming together better with some stitching.

I know it is a bit of a leap to call this "air", but the idea is that the trees fill the air with color and motion as the leaves fall and swirl and blow. I am of the opinion that art made to a theme can fulfill the theme in even a very tenuous way. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


  1. Mr C loves to lay stones into a path. He considers it one of his special talents. I am saving the NY Times for you.

  2. I am having poppy envy! I have the deep orange, but I haven't been able to find the red. Your's are gorgeous. I do wish poppies bloomed longer, but I guess that makes me appreciate them more. We built a rock wall of basalt 20 years ago. People thought we were nuts to go buy basalt when it is all over the place here. Your air/tree piece is really delightful. Wishing you a relaxing day tomorrow. (Ha!)

  3. AIr Quilt works for me - ! Really is looking nice!

  4. Anonymous5:14 AM

    I like your quilt and your story very much. (smile)

  5. I like your story. Can't wait to see it completed.

  6. Since you are home today, you may like to see the Great Blue Heron Cam... 5 babies and their parents.
    Here's the site

  7. Hi, your poppy's are wonderful.. I just read on SAQA that you like your Kindle Fire.. I am just learning about it, new gift for me.. What is the sketch book, is that the name you mentioned that you love,, It took me to Facebook.. does it put your drawings on that.. don't want to share my drawings.. so did not log in. Can you share a bit with me...

  8. I just love this technique of yours doing the stitch doodling (not sure what you call it) in the background and moving over your pieces. It is so unique.