Because Rowan's hands chose Sunny's clothes, cut them apart, pieced them back together and participated in the slow process of hand-quilting, the result is not only a memorial to Sunny, but it also embodies the living relationship between them that resides in Rowan's heart.
The improvisational patchwork process mirrors the re-orientation of bereavement.
I spied a graffiti Easter egg hanging in a tree. A down and out bottle face waiting there for me.
Riding along the bay in East Oakland on a sunny Sunday afternoon in winter restores my rhythm of attention.
It's a dreary Thursday in Oakland, but I'm cozy in my studio with my morning cup coffee and my Christmas knitting projects.
Position and momentum can not be known simultaneously when you are dealing with modern improv curved piecing!
ironing at the end of the day
This sad UGLY pillow has been sitting around my apartment forever.
Got out my tools...
Revved up my sewing machine...
And stitched up an extra long pillow case! Ah relief!
Does the quilt seem familiar?
9.1-9.30.2011 A week of fun with my sister in San Francisco, attended a wedding, and a birthday party for my friend Tamara, enjoyed lots of sunshine and warm weather, hiking, camping, a day lolly-gagging at Stinson Beach...
and knitted my seventeenth & eighteenth socks of 2011.
Comment with a personal highlight from SEPTEMBER below, to enter the Year Of Stash Socks giveaway. You could win a pair of hand-knit socks!
You are probably sick of seeing these Fallberry fingerless mitts, but it's a lovely pattern and it knits up much quicker than a pair of socks. These may turn up as someone's Christmas gift. This time I used a fabulously soft and rich midnight blue (blueberry) Ultra Fine Alpaca by Berroco.
Since I'm still itching to work on my sweater especially since the weather is turning colder. I may substitute finishing the sweater for knitting a pair of socks for October. I know that's REALLY bending the rules. Well we'll see...
I've really enjoyed hearing your monthly status reports. Keep them coming. This giveaway is on the home stretch!
Many of you helped stitched names on navy blue coffins, during the virtual sewing circle I held last year. Now I'm working to hand stitch those coffins on the banner to spell the word MERCY. When this blanket is full of coffins, the coffins on the next prayer banner will spell the word GLORY.
The Prayer Banners will be hanging at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco next Sunday on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. There will be a participatory sewing circle in the sanctuary between liturgies, from 9:30 - 10:20 AM.
I started this mourning meditation in 2003. For more about the project's meaning and trajectory visit Prayer Banners: REPENT / MERCY / GLORY.