I have to admit I haven’t spent much time in the studio this week. Part of it is that we spent Monday in Connecticut, part of it is spending time organizing and selling the Bedlam Farm Wool and part of it is that my head is very much into my trip to Gee’s Bend.
I spoke to Mary Ann, the woman I’m staying with, yesterday and there was a little confusion about which days I would be there. But we figured it out and after talking to Mary Ann, (“I’ll make you breakfast too.” she said) most of the nervousness I was feeling is gone.
Of course I’ll be blogging from Gee’s Bend and I’ll also take my sketch pad and use instagram to post pictures directly onto facebook. And I’ll be quilting, of course. I’m bringing some old faded drapes that someone sent to me and I’ll also use fabric that Mary Ann has. I do see the trip as a pilgrimage. Not really knowing what to expect, just allowing myself to take it all in and put it all back out through my sewing, drawing and writing. And I know exactly how I feel about it, because when I thought for a moment that I might not be able to stay with Mary Ann, I was determined to go anyway. What ever obstacles I thought, I’ll work it out.
One of the things I’ll be doing is taking the historic ferry ride across the Alabama River to Camden and visiting the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center. Kristen from the center left a comment on my blog saying that she came across my post, and invited me to visit the Art Center . “Enjoy your visit” she wrote, ” I know Miss Mary Ann will take great care of you.”
But in between it all, I did manage to get some work done in my studio. The perfect kind of work for the place my head is in. I put the backing and batting on Susan’s Peaceable Bedlam Quilt and started tacking it today. I’m planning on finishing and getting a few other small jobs done before leaving. I like the idea of coming home to a studio ready for new ideas.