Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Taking a Winter Break

See you in January!

In the meantime, here are some fun things:

The British Library has over ONE MILLION public domain photos and illustrations on their Flickr page.

You can help the Smithsonian Institution (my #1 favorite institution) without spending any money or even putting on real pants by being a digital transcription volunteer.  I think I'm gonna learn a lot about birds by transcribing field notes.


And this pretty fella. I have a whole board on Pinterest for brown tabbies. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quick Cable Hat

Holiday knitting continues! This pattern is from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and it's good TV knitting, at least the way I watch tv.

Quick Cable Hat

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Lamia" Monster Art Quilt

Lamia art quilt face detail

I'm working on a series of quilts inspired by the woodcut illustrations in Edward Topsell's 1607 book, Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes. I've put the whole quilt and the woodcut under the break because the Lamia is a beast with the legs of a bear and goat, the body of a dragon, and the face and breasts of a woman. So, you've been warned: quilty boobs.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lamia Art Quilt Detail

More monsters. The trouble with blogging in the winter is that by the time I remember it's time to make a post, it's often too dark to take a good big photo of an entire quilt. This is a problem that is entirely within my control. There are full quilts to be shared, I promise, and lots of holiday knitting.

The Lamia Quilt Detail

The Lamia is a sad monster in my opinion, and gendered as female in the text I've been reading as the Manticore is gendered as male.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Power Animal Quilt Detail

I finished this quilt a while back and haven't posted it because I wasn't sure if I wanted to go back and do more work, maybe by hand. Scales? Sound lines? Smell lines?

I still haven't decided if it's really 'done', but I'm in the mood for a little more Power Animal and a little less December right now.

Power Animal quilt detail

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Manticore Art Quilt

34.5 x 30 Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting. Things to notice: all the children in his belly, mean claws, and winning grin.

"Manticore" art quilt

"Don't be so sensitive, baby-- trust me!"
  "Manticore" art quilt detail

Monday, December 2, 2013

Quilt Skull Detail

Finished my big Manticore quilt today-- here's a sneak peek at one of the details.

Manticore Quilt Detail