Overcoming with circles

Thank you for all the fun ideas about how to proceed with this little quilt. I went with a variant of Hazel’s and extended the circles of the “House clocks” in contrasting threads. I like how this disrupts the idea “house” on the one hand but on the other hand integrates the large orange planes of linen.

Speaking of orange, I made a carrot cake for a special birthday. Look who’s all excited.

It’s been soooo hot here. K said last night, “I just would like a couple of days in the 70’s”. Yeah. Yeah — otherwise known as “spring”. I slow down in the heat, which is a little worrying since I’m already to the point where a run to the drug store, a vet visit, and baking a cake constitute a very busy day.

Have a wonderful weekend all!

PS. Does anyone else feel as though politics is roaring toward a cliff? What a weird world we live in now.

26 thoughts on “Overcoming with circles

  1. me-ml

    Dee, love your solution for the cloth, it’s a great design lesson! maybe sometimes more is better! Circle of home, circle of time. Surprisingly in-spit-of all the twitter crap, i’ve found calm space to just breathe. I don’t understand how exactly, but i am grateful. Otherwise it’s easy to be engulfed by the insanity! Seems your beautiful stitches would be a joyful calm; needle in, needle out, needle in..a meditation! Big hugs. ml

  2. Mo Crow

    “I will not. I will never surrender. I will fight through to the finish, whatever the outcome. I will not quit. I will not betray and desert the best thing in my life. No, no, I will not surrender … Earth is the place for love.”
    quoting Edward Abbey in ‘The Hour of Land’ by Terry Tempest Williams (p 261)

    1. deemallon

      Ah there’s that word again, “love”. I found Fiona’s stitched word so enchanting I stitched my own “love” today (on a heart quilt in the making). Thank you for the quote.

  3. Tina Zaffiro

    Nice finishing adding circles … politically … We just need a few more Giuliani’s to keep talking.

    1. deemallon

      I’m enjoying the circles and AGREE if Rudy’d just keep talking we might have “case closed” a ton sooner.

  4. ravenandsparrow

    Yes!! Great idea to continue the clock circles into the void. And yes, I do feel like we’re on the edge of something explosive. I keep my fingers crossed that everything is unfolding as it should.

  5. Michelle Skater

    I’ll be posting this on my next blog post but the time is right to share it here
    by Ursula K. Le Guin

    Time says “Let there be”
    every moment and instantly
    there is space and the radiance
    of each bright galaxy.

    And eyes beholding radiance.
    And the gnats’ flickering dance.
    And the seas’ expanse.
    And death, and chance.

    Time makes room
    for going and coming home
    and in time’s womb
    begins all ending.

    Time is being and being
    time, it is all one thing,
    the shining, the seeing,
    the dark abounding.

    1. deemallon

      Thank you, Michelle — my visiting poet! Another reminder that I owe myself a read of something by Ursula Le Guin. And, a reminder about the fleeting nature of life. le Guin captures that amazingly by calling time both “the shining” and “the dark abounding”.

  6. Liz A

    The circles are inspired … the perfect solution. And in a related note, I recently learned that Ellsworth Kelly’s totems (often over ten feet high), all follow the imaginary edges of much, much larger circles.

    “House clocks” … a wonderful construction

    1. deemallon

      Thank you AGAIN for alerting me to Ellsworth Kelly’s work. I need to see those totems! I’ve enjoyed adding more and more circles — some fairly visible in contrasting thread in a split running back stitch and some less visible in wide-spread running stitches in blending colors.

    1. deemallon

      I get that — how layers can speak to the seen and unseen. How layers can suggest a hierarchy of attention that doesn’t necessarily reflect what is…

  7. Nancy

    The continued/completed circles look great! That would be a busy day for me too. It’s been at least high 80’s here. I melt. The world feels like it will crash any time, or not and that may be worse. I love Finney’s matching symetrical black leg markings!!

    1. deemallon

      The way suspense is building and building is excruciating sometimes… WHEN WILL THERE BE MORE INDICTMENTS? I just reserved an Airbnb for July, making sure there was wifi and cable because one of Manafort’s trial starts that week. Not missing that! All the while it feels like Trump is fiddling like Nero while our institutions, if not burn, at least — smolder.

  8. June Wildflower

    I love jackets and jacket weather, but rarely get to enjoy either these days. It’s supposed to be 100 Friday…ugh.
    I love what you did with this piece.

    1. deemallon

      100? Is that dry or humid heat? I know what you mean — how about s few days when it’s just comfortable? Today it is one of those days. Started with a bit of fog and then cleared into a lovely warm day.

      1. June Wildflower

        It’s always somewhat humid here even though we’re behind on rain for the season. We really did go from freezing temps to hot very quickly. A few of my newly planted vegetables nearly got nuked yesterday. Yes to the milder days!


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