I know, it sounds like a really mixed metaphor --
last year at this time my friend, Barbara Beasley, was part of an open studio with Heidi Kummli
at the time I was still living at the other end of the state, and making that trip just was not in the cards, and I did a lot of moaning about not getting to go
this year was a whole different story -- I had no such excuse -- and it was a huge adventure!
you see, Heidi lives off the grid -- up in the mountains on a dirt road that Google Maps doesn't even recognize exists
and I'm a city girl -- yes, I grew up in Colorado, but I didn't go off driving the hills on my own, and then I spent a lot of years driving in freeway traffic -- a whole other kind of scary
so the drive there was one of the more nerve racking I can remember --- but the open studio was awesome!
and I came home with some goodies from Heidi's stash, a new book, and 60 photographs of the leaves turning gold here in our mountains -- and those photos will no doubt result in a number of new art quilts
it was great to go and "fill the well" creatively after a week that had included
(and entering 3 of those shed doors in a quilt show that will be held in October)
it's been a great week!