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Tiny Trailer Living, Year 3

I posted a bunch of pictures when we first moved into the trailer (and some were published in Lloyd Kahn’s book Tiny Homes on the Move). We’ve been living here over two years now and have made some changes, so I thought I’d post an update.

So many of the tiny homes on the internet are photographed before anyone has ever moved in, so I hope you’ll enjoy the realistic clutter I’ve staged for you.

Click through to read the captions.




The Secret Life of your Uterus

I’ve been teaching a fertility awareness workshop to unschooled teenagers at Not Back to School Camp for the last few years.

I first learned about sympto-thermal fertility tracking at age 30 when my sister-in-law explained it in about five minutes using the illustrations in her well-worn copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Despite an otherwise excellent sex education from my parents and the public library, the information blew my mind. As I devoured the rest of the book I kept thinking, “How come nobody told me this before?”

The workshop at camp, and this zine my friend Kione Kochi and I collaborated on, is my small effort to fill that information gap for the young people with uteruses in my life. Below is the whole zine, and here is a PDF version you can print (on two double-sided sheets of paper) and share.




Museum of Contemporary Craft

I engineered a three hour Amtrak layover in Portland this afternoon so that I could do a power walking tour of downtown. I stopped in at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, where to my delight Adrienne Antonson is in residence, making tomorrow’s outfit each day out of thrifted clothes and upholstery scraps. It was around 1pm and she said she hadn’t yet started tomorrow’s outfit. We talked briefly and I got some grainy photos.

Such a cool project, in line with Andrea Zittel’s uniforms and Natalie Purschwitz’s MakeShift. Adrienne is there till Sunday.

Adrienne Antonson craft fort

Craft fort

Adrienne Antonson

Adrienne in today’s outfit

Adrienne Antonson outfits

Previous outfits


Shoes sewn from mismatched upholstery sample leather

Adrienne Antonson pockets

Spare pockets at the ready

Field Report from Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Yesterday I drove to Sisters, Oregon for the annual Outdoor Quilt Show. It’s the first quilt event I’ve attended (QuiltCon will be my second). I walked up and down all four streets, but definitely didn’t see all the quilts as there were over 1,300 and many were inside stores or down side lanes. Here are the highlights of what I did see.

Clearly I have a strong preference for improvised piecing using varied and/or salvage fabrics and quilted by hand. Carol Webb was a featured quilter, and her work was mostly hand-quilted and used hand-dyed fabrics. These things seem to give the quilts depth and keep my eyes moving.

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Some of these look like sari fabric:

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The streaky tie-dye background is totally working for me here:

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This is Sarah Peery’s Fibonnaci Sequence Gone Wild. I like the colours and the over-the-top amount of quilting:
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Christy Merritt describes her quilt, Ohio Wedding, as a mashup created for two quilt challenges (Ohio Star Made Modern and Double Wedding Ring challenge). She used a hand-carved linoleum block to print the Ohio stars, and used suiting fabric and curtains to construct the fragmented double wedding ring design. I love the texture of the block printing, and the improvised layering of multiple traditional designs. 

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Jodiy Rusconi’s quilt has islands off it’s shores (the orange is a blank to support the quilt):
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Sometimes I liked the backs best… these two squares were on the back of the black cat quilt. The label didn’t make it into my photo, so if anyone knows who the maker of this quilt is, please comment on this post.

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Caro Sheridan made a pixelated self portrait of her eye… and the back looks like a hudson bay blanket. Clever.

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I learned that crooked will draw my eye from across the street (Cheryl Burnett, Squares a Go Go)…

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… as will minimalist designs. This is Kirk Butts’ Crown Royal.

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Here’s a cool modern quilt. I can’t read the label in this photo. If you know the maker, please tell.

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A nice rendition of Kaffe Fassett’s rice bowls pattern. There was a group of Kaffe-inspired quilts on display because he has a new autobiography out. I’ve always liked this pattern, particularly the way the shadows are pieced in a slightly darker shade.
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Diana Jackson’s Gee’s bend-inspired Red Square has great texture:

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And, after looking at so many quilts, it’s nice to look at other things. Especially other things with pattern and rhythm:

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So long, Sisters.