jude hill spirit cloth

The way it might go and go

As imagined, back here, making that small cabin bigger in some different way...

so much softer

There were, already, 5 scraps "cabined" together.  That left 4.  OK. Perfect. A frame, cabin style.  As opposed to my regular Frame of mind method.

the patchwork framing I use like a cloth mat for my frame of mind series.Like this. Framing is so interesting.  Sometimes we do it without thinking about it as part of composition.

This seems a good time to open a link to one of the posts I did in Small ClothLittle Windows.

cabin framing

used some of deb's sketchy thread here (resource page), made the stitch line appear and disappear.

wow, this gave me an idea

oops, coffee spill, but hey, dyed cloth!

I guess I will continue with cabins through February.  As a side note, just to say, when working foundation style, I often piece the foundation as I go as well. Easier. But let's talk about that later.

Somebody needs attention.

soul-o my shadow

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  1. Thinking about dark and light and then Soul-O and noticing the contrast of dark and light on him. Not the black and white of his fur, but the “black” colors of sunlight and shadow. Also how the patch looks good on the light background, but the dark background makes the heart really standout.

  2. Valerie O

    What is so interesting here is the contrast between the center cabin made with classic running stitch, then this addition with torn edged lapped seaming. Love this juxtaposition Jude. You are so clever, inventing as you go…..

  3. have you ever noticed how cats can be sooo subtle – yeah, right – love you sharing a “SOUL-O moment” – reminds me of my blk/wht sweetie – Bandit just walks over and plotz her butt on the keyboard and gives me this “and what’s your problem???” look…

  4. lapped seams…siding on a building or lapped dovetail joints or waves lapping on the shore or? Just thinking. 🙂 I have coffee dyed fabric for the same reason. Ah well, it makes a nice soft brown.

  5. Kerri

    Oh how I love these little lessons Jude! It’s like a whole new beginning to my stitching life. My whole patchwork past has been about quantity and how many squares I can finish today and now I feel the cloth I listen to the thread pulling through the fabric and so much more. I’m so excited to watch and learn, it’s like the symbolic mud has fallen away from my eyes! Thank you..

  6. sharon

    love the idea of alternating the dark ‘n light frames… what if the frames not only got smaller as they spiralled, but also gradated in value? wondering if that gradation would help to differentiate between alternating clockwise ‘n counterclockwise spirals as well…

  7. jen

    Oh, Soul-O!! Those eyes just speak volumes, don’t they!? xoxoxox
    Love the “magic framing” idea!
    Maybe I will try that with my cabin block….hmmmm….
    If the Spring day doesn’t suck me right out the back door again!
    Oh! So beguiling…(I hope winter stays AWAY now….)

  8. I remember that post from Small Cloth. Back when I was really getting going on squares. Thinking about why log cabin feels so intriguing – maybe because it is a “compose-as-I-go” approach. When I make squares, I mostly put them in a pile and compose later when I have a stack.

    • jude

      Yes, though some folks plan them. But then hey, you can compose with just loose scraps too. Maybe not cabins but freeing.
      I find the puzzle pieces and the loose scraps handy in different moods. Maybe we can combine them?

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