The quilt collage has small pieces of eco dyed fabric, some discharged fabric pieces from several years ago, tiny embroidered pieces from a few months ago, and other stuff from the odds and ends baskets-- on the linen from Debra. I'm still loving the pieces from the red cabbage dye, maybe one day I'll try indigo dyeing, but the blues from the red cabbage still please me.
Debra P. mentioned framing an encrusted piece at the same time I was looking for some of the frames and shadow boxes I had in the attic. I intended to frame another piece, a leaf eco print that I'd embroidered in the fall, but the mat opening of this shadow box was the perfect size for one of the encrusted pieces. I used a tiny piece of light green moire from Debra S. to mount the piece on.
Tomorrow, Fee and I will be leaving for a short road trip to the southern part of the state-- Acadiana, Cajun country. First, we'll travel along Bayou Teche, then visit our friend Suzi in New Orleans, then back through Baton Rouge to see Erin and the grandkids.
The Bayou Teche stretches for 125 miles and is a waterway of great cultural significance to Acadiana. Since the time of the Acadian migration to the Attakapas region, the Teche has been an essential means of transportation and food. Before railroad tracks and highways dissected South Louisiana, bateaus and pirogues were used to move goods and people up and down this waterway. Thus some of Acadiana’s oldest communities are on the Teche, towns like Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, New Iberia, Franklin and Berwick.
Although we will branch off at Port Barre instead of going through Lafayette, whenever I think of this area, I think of Paul Simon singing "That Was Your Mother" from the Graceland album. I love the lines:
I've a list of things that need to be done today, so I'd better get busy! Think I'll take some Paul Simon CDs to listen to on the way down.