This year, I planned to spend half a day in the beautiful Lexington Cemetery. I have been playing with making rubbings of interesting gravestone carvings with crayon on fabric. On previous visits to the Lexington Cemetery, I discovered several graves that had long, profound poems carved into them. Way back, I made some rubbings on paper of them that I now cannot find. I want now to make some art quilts incorporating those poems. Of course, I never wrote down the sections where those graves were located.
I drove to another part of the cemetery, wandered a bit more, still not finding what I wanted. By accident, I found the resting place of the notorious General John Hunt Morgan. I have a tenuous connection to the Confederate general – I’m fairly certain that Morgan passed by the property I now live on during his brazen Ohio raid. At this point, I realized that I would have to come back in cooler weather for the sole purpose of finding the graves I wanted. I had thought that I would have a nice start to a new art quilt featuring gravestone rubbings, but not yet.
Then it was on to another favorite Lexington spot, The Stitch Niche. This is a nice yarn and cross stitch shop, but I do not knit, crochet, or cross stitch. As I’ve indicated in other posts, I use all sorts of funky yarns as embellishments, and there are a variety of fancy threads marketed for cross stitch that are also great for hand sewn embroidery (think crazy quilts, Carol Ann Waugh’s Stupendous Stitches, etc.). I have really gotten to love the varied lines put out by Rainbow Gallery, and the Stitch Niche has a small selection. I think I bought at least one of each of the different lines that they had:
It is raining now, much needed. Since I cannot attend to the garden, I will be trying out my new fancy threads. I need to start a crazy quilt sample for the upcoming shows.