Mish mash

This is a mess. Process: fixing the mess

I’ve been trying to combine already quilted remnants with other cloth. The layers have their own ideas. Not sure my determination will be enough to overcome bubbles and ugly edges.

Section outlined in red below is already three layers (including batting).

The week has been quiet, the holidays muted. I’m kinda glad they’re over. I kept bumping into sadness and got tired of constantly having to manage expectations.

My brother and sister-in-law gave us membership in a Puzzle-A-Month club. Who knew such clubs existed? We are very psyched. Hope the next one is a little easier than the first (above).

I’m not picking a word for 2023. The practice feels out of reach, I’ll just say that. But I might set a modest goal, which is to learn — FINALLY, AT LAST — some rudimentary elements of perspective. I’ve tried, believe me. It’ll take a lot more practice.

If you look at my most liked photos from Instagram, you can see how much my quilts and collages might benefit from a different view of structure.

The middle, far-left (above) made an attempt and it is terrible.

I’ll end with a version of an inspirational quote I found online and then couldn’t find again, so I made my own little poster. Don’t know who said this, but it is pure gold.

17 thoughts on “Mish mash

  1. Nancy

    Puzzle of the month! How fantastic that sounds! when I looked at your buildings, for some reason, Grandma Moses jumped to mind. Then I found this:
    Happily surprised that it included the word perspective in the title! That was enough for me, so I didn’t even read it. haha
    That lil Finney-Boy (would it be “man” by now?!) face always gets me.
    And the Charlie Mackesy quote…phew.

    1. deemallon Post author

      Well I read it. My favorite fact: she embroidered and made yarn pictures until arthritis made that too difficult. She turned to painting for that reason, AT AGE 70. How great is that?

  2. RainSluice

    What a great puzzle! What do you do with them when you are done? I like doing puzzles, but then what?
    You certainly do get up and carry on!
    I took a nap myself, not knowing which way to set my feet going.
    I fought with perspective the same way I fought Limits in Calculus. I can’t say I’ve mastered either, but after teaching some art and some math to kids, I’m much more comfortable with basics. I kind of like vanishing points and limits now, but my new theory is that my astigmatism distorts what I actually see.
    I really like that poster. Cheers to the New Year!

  3. Tina

    What a wonderful gift .. like you I didn’t know they had such a thing. I mentioned this before but I this last year I’ve really gotten into puzzles.. just finished another today. Some pieces just keep calling for more stitching and usually for good reason when you see the end result. Liked your inspiration .. kinda needed it today but won’t complain. Looking forward to a new day .. a new year. Sending love ..

  4. deb

    Is that pinned up painting by Tracy Hegelson? If not, google her work. You’ll like it. I sat at a completely cleared off table today and thought, “I’d like to paint.” Parked that notion on hold until tomorrow. There are boxes of stuff and furniture shuffles all over the place. I have no idea where (in that room) the paints are. Just a comfort knowing they are in there.

    When you layer bits and pieces have you ever cut away the excess? Excised from below? It helps if you are determined to push on.

    1. deemallon Post author

      Looked up Tracy Hegelson and yes I love her work. Very graphic. Barns and fields. I couldn’t find that exact one but I wouldn’t be surprised if that top barn from my clip file was hers.

      After posting this I cut away a hunk of batting from the back of the quilt. I’ll also damp stretch tomorrow. That can help a lot.

  5. Faith

    Love, love, love the self care poster! Saw similar quote recently, but it had neither the panache nor punch of this one.
    I also love all the buildings–particularly the one tucked into the desk and the one on the terra cotta color chair. There’s just something about houses and barns.


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