It's hard to get back to my old routine after taking off most of the summer. Quilts were left in progress and I've had trouble remembering the plans.
While still a difficult time, this month has been more fun. We drove across the western US. As schoolchildren we learned a line called the Continental Divide separates rivers flowing east to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic from those flowing west to the Pacific. This is not quite true.
The Great Basin encompasses about a fifth of the country from the western Rockies to the eastern Sierra Nevadas. Water in this area flows nowhere. It can only evaporate leaving alkali beds, salt flats, and several salt lakes. The Great Salt Lake in Utah is the largest, but there are several more.
|Mono Lake from a distance|
|Closeup of tufas at Mono Lake|
Rod Kiracofe was the guest speaker at our quilt meeting yesterday. Although not a quilter, he has done more to advance quilting as important American art than anyone I know. Starting in 1983, The Quilt Digest juxtaposed antique works with contemporary art quilts highlighting the commonalities. He went on to write The American Quilt, a seminal work that displayed the development of quilting designs and styles through time when other books organized material by block design. As a maker, I learned skills from the latter layout, but as a student my understanding was enriched by Rod's history.
|One-Patch quilt from the collection of Rod Kiracofe shown at SCVQA meeting, 2016|
|Improvisational quilt, possibly from men's hatbands. Rod Kiracofe collection.|
Enjoy each day,