To be or not to be …

precise …

because precision has been much on my mind as I’ve stitched this past week. Whether ’tis nobler to suffer the pains of constant measuring to create the next granddaughter coverlet in Meg’s beloved herringbone …

or to let go of preconceptions and simply make patch after patch after patch … and then put all the puzzle pieces together somehow (thank you for the concept, Jude) …

This last not for a baby coverlet, but simply for the love of it. Because I confess that I’ve had much fun tearing and ironing dyed cloth into 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ strips (as I did way back when for the original Land of Flood and Drought). Then cutting the strips into random lengths, so there is no regularity in the width of the resulting patches.

And I likewise confess to being influenced by this Agnes Martin painting as I imagined how the patches might fit together (and I do want/need to learn more about her and her art) …

It remains to be seen where this all goes …

N.B. The dyed cloth comes from multiple sources:

Maura Ambrose’s dye workshop

Deb Lacativa’s Fat Baggies

Fiber on a Whim (great color variation, but the cotton is a bitch to hand stitch)

Tierney Barden (with thanks to Sue McQuade for the gift that led me to this new source)