The other day, I got this image, of the cover that I illustrated for two novellas, Women Born with Fur, by Beth Couture, and Out from the Pleiades, by Leslie McGrath. These are beautifully told, strange and wonderful stories about powerful women. I hope you’ll take a read when they come out this fall, from Jaded Ibis Press. I’ve had the great honor of illustrating them, and the publisher designed this cover with my images. This tops the list of things I never imagined might happen — the delightful, wonderful, amazing things I never imagined might happen — in a year of over-the-top goodness.
I’ve traveled far and wide, as the old cliché goes, from Seattle and Denver, to Kansas City, to glorious Pittsburgh, to big NYC, to Portland, ME, and all over Massachusetts. More trips to come next year, but for now, I’m home for a spell. A new friend told me along the way that traveling so much makes being home all the sweeter — and it does. I’m soaking up the beach, loving my woods walks, going to brunch with friends, playing in the sand with friends and their kids, watching turkeys wander through the yard.
This weekend, I took a nonfiction workshop with Nicole Walker, one of my writing heroes — read her book Quench Your Thirst with Salt, if you haven’t yet; it’s a beautiful story of water, family, and Salt Lake City. We had an intense and productive writing conference weekend at URI, and then I took a trip up to Portland, Maine, for one last event.
I plan to be back on here more regularly now that my life is more regular. I’m going to add to the stories that need filling in, and tell the stories of some new folks I’ve met along the way.
So — Hello, again! Are you enjoying summertime and unwinding, too? Are you sewing like crazy? Working too hard? If so, I hope your break is on its way.
Here’s some of what happened in Portland, at Samantha Lindgren’s huge space — stocked with every machine you might need — A Gathering of Stitches, with Alice Webb Greer, Danielle Krcmar, and Jan Johnson. If you’re anywhere near Portland, and have a project that needs making, head on over to her shop. Or think about bringing your sewing crew for a retreat. It’s a great space with good making-energy and occupied studios where quilters, sewers, and weavers work away.
Isn’t it a nice space?
Those are the quilts by the presenters, above left, and Samantha and her team, and their quilts, and then us, with Audrey Greer, Alice’s awesome daughter who has a bag pattern that I’ll post here next week. It’s the perfect summer beach bag.
Below, is a flashback to a trip I took to East Bridgewater, MA, to speak at the public library. I love the sweet sign they put out front! And this great group of quilters greeted me there, and let me take their picture in front of a quilt the library has hanging; it’s a story quilt about the town’s glories and history.
I wish I could post pictures from Kansas City and MARKET in Pittsburgh, but my cell phone was stolen, and those pictures were lost (gah!!). I do have this one gem from Market, when Katy Jones, John Q. Adams, Angela Walters, Victoria Findlay-Wolfe, Sarah Fielke, and Thomas Knauer crowded together to sign books with me. I have to say, this was one of my favorite moments of the year — it was so much fun to have together some of the amazing contributors in the book. And they were such good sports about the tight seating and race-pace signing.
Back home, I had this wonderful sewing night at Candice Smith-Corby‘s, and she showed off one of the quilts she just whipped up, you know, with no quilting experience, on a whim?!
For now, I’m headed for the beach, writing and revising, and working on some Alabama Chanin dresses. Happy summer to you, and hope you’re finding relaxing times ahead! More soon…