How could it possibly be Halloween weekend already?!! I need to run out today and stock up on some goodies. This has been such a tumultuous fall that many things have fallen through the cracks. No mums on the front steps, no carved pumpkin glowing in the window. I still have the weekend but after all that wind this week, I can see that having lost my yardman (M) this fall, I'll be putting in serious time on the raking front over the next few days.
Speaking of bowled over, last week a friend happened to have this book with her while sharing some pieces she had brought to share from her time at Gwen Marston's retreat last month. (Doubly bowled over!) The book, Accidentally on Purpose by Eli Leon, was published in 2006 in conjunction with an exhibit of improvisational African American quilts at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
Nearly 200 pages long, its interesting text explores the connection between historic African textile design and African-American quilts, profiling numerous Southern quilters and showcasing page after page of their over-the-top improvisational quilts.
I'm not sure how this book managed to evade my radar so long, but it will have a prominent place in my quilt book library as soon as I finish reading it. Highly recommend!
And for all of you BtCT quilt aficionados, a new Beyond the Cherry Tree blog has been started by Sharon for those of us who are making the quilt...and those who aspire to. It's a wonderful place to see how different quilters are interpreting the blocks as they are rolled out each month. I haven't had the chance to contribute yet, but that's on the weekend list, too!