1. Ewaste drop off. Depressing.

     
  2. View of the dumpster filling up this morning.

    Thank you so much to our friends and family for helping us fill this thing before lunch. Thank you for hauling million pound carpets and picking up tiny pieces of glass. I was beaming all morning.

     
  3. A visit to jthomesteader’s new cabin to get inspired about reclaimed siding.

     
  4. Final make of the day: a barricade.

    Another scavenger on the property yesterday, this one pretty rude. Our neighbour chased him off. We also don’t want people adding their own junk to our dumpster.

     
  5. Me and two great hired helpers got this far in five hours. The house is empty.

    There’s still enough stuff in the yard that we’re not sure if we’ll need a second dumpster yet.

     
  6. So many makes today. Starting with plantain pancakes.

     
  7. The Daily Make: Woke up at 6:30 am and realized I hadn’t put up flags for the dumpster delivery guy. Padded over to the house in my barefeet, tore up some fabric and marked a trail.

    The dumpster never came.

     
  8. I finally got around to listing this quilt on eBay. As seen on The Daily Make, people.

     
  9. The Daily Make: Saw this office, added one like it to the dining room.

    As you can see, live interiors lacks furniture (and wood tones) with character, but is good for mapping out general ideas.

     
  10. winkbooks:

    Unconventional & Unexpected – Almost 150 quilts you won’t find on Pinterest

    Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000
    by Roderick Kiracofe
    Stewart, Tabori and Chang
    2014, 224 pages, 11.7 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches
    $31 Buy a copy on Amazon

    A micro-review, in bullet points:

    1. Almost 150 quilts you won’t find on Pinterest.

    2. The essays are good.

    3. When seeking visual pleasure and inspiration, a curated and finite set (like a book) can be more useful than an infinite set (like the internet). 

    Slightly more detail, if you’re still on the fence:

    This book is not about formal, precision-pieced quilts but rather represents the growing interest in the improvisational and often surprising “everyday” quilts. Those depicted here are of the vintage (rather than antique) era. Most are by unknown makers. Collector Roderick Kiracofe has commissioned ten essays to offer context for the anonymous textiles.

    Quilt historian Janneken Smucker smacks down the “myth of the scrap bag quilt.” Natalie Chanin (of Alabama Chanin) describes the class messaging of whole cloth vs. patchwork quilts when she grew up in the South. Texas quiltmaker Sherry Ann Bryrd explains the distinction between “precision”, “M-provisational” and “throw together” as quilting “languages” with different functions. Textile curator Amelia Peck writes about the challenge of curating anonymous work for an institutional collection. All worth reading. But mostly it’s about the pictures. – Reanna Alder

    October 15, 2014

    I wrote another book review.