Well, we all know what road is paved with good intentions. This week I missed two deadlines, but I'm OK with it. One was for the IQA World of Beauty show, which is my favorite show to enter, but the world won't end if I miss entering for one year. (And I've made a great start for next year!) The other was for the SAQA auction. I've been thinking about what to make for it for some time, but nothing seemed quite right.
I think that part of the issue is that I've been examining my process. I'm a perfectionist by nature, which has served me well in the world of quilt shows, but quilting heavily with many, many thread colors is not as appealing to me as it used to be. Don't get me wrong - the look is appealing, the labor involved is not. At the same time I've been fascinated by how some other artists quilt, particularly my friends Cathy Kleeman and Deborah Boschert. A while back I played around with something that I've seen both of them do (in very different ways), namely quilt and then paint over it. I liked the results but didn't do anything with the small samples I made.
Yesterday I pulled out the samples and combined them with some small screen printed pieces. Here's a peek at the in process piece:
I also have a stack of (gasp!) commercial fabrics waiting to be cut.
They're not all for one piece, but I do think they look pretty together. I'm making a sample for the premiere issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, and looking forward to some straight forward piecing.