"Everything should be made as simple as possible..but not simpler." Albert Einstein

making a quilt

I’ve been wanting to try making a quilt for awhile.  I made one once, a long long time ago, without really knowing what I was doing.  This time I’d like to be really careful and make it in a way that will last like traditional quilts do.  I think I’ve finally decided on a design -a zig zag.  The pattern looks difficult but when you break it down into individual blocks it’s pretty simple.  There is only one block and you just rotate it.

I’m going to use this tutorial for a zig zag quilt over at the purl bee, but I will change the size of the blocks to be a little smaller and have the zig zag occur every row.  I will also be relying on my many quilting friends for moral support:)

I’m thinking about dyeing my own fabric too.  I like the more mottled, subtle colors you get from hand dyed fabric.

These quilts by Kim Eichler Messmer are the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen and they are made with hand dyed fabric.

I wanted to show you

I love small books and murky dark colors.  And of course polaroids.  I purchased this little book a while back and fell in love with not only the images inside, but the book itself.  It’s such a simple format -the small, square shape, nice textured paper and simple pamphlet binding.  I am currently teaching a portfolio design class at the U of M and plan to show this to my students.

Along with the book, Tara sent me this original polaroid of tall trees, showing mostly their trunks.  I love the proportion of dense stands of trees with really tall trunks.

You can purchase your own copy of the book here.