If I tell you I've been neglecting everyone and everything for a few days, would you forgive me? I'm sorry if I owe you an email or reply. Soon, I promise. There's a story with a not-so-happy ending, too, if you want to read on, and I'm the only one to blame. Ready?
On Saturday night, I made up my mind to join an organization called SAQA. That is, Studio Art Quilt Associates. I've been visiting the site for some months, but hadn't made the decision if it was right for me. I'd joined several organizations these past 2 years, but not renewed my memberships to those. I was still trying to figure out where I fit into the quilting world. From the very beginning of my quilting journey, I was making art quilts. It's just taken me the best part of 2 years to recognize it.
Investigating the site, I found there was a very small window for submitting a small art quilt for a benefit to be held in the fall. There was another with a date much further out, but both looked interesting. Each was asking for a different size quilt. One 12"x12" and one 10" x 7". What did my brain do? Yup. It told me I needed a 10" x 10", and I made one.
Immediately, I knew I wanted to use my new stash of Moda Grunge. Grunge bridges that gap for me between hand dyed and commercial fabrics. It blends well with both, but is as good on its own. I drew up a simple design that involved improv cutting and piecing, and Sunday morning set to work in the studio.
The first piece I made nearly did me in. I had an awful time getting it to look as wonky as I wanted. Once you get used to doing something you intend to look polished, it's very hard to go backwards.
Thankfully, that happened to also be the largest and most complicated piecing, and the others that followed were much easier. By late afternoon, I had the pieces ready to take home and applique. I was looking forward to some slow stitching.
The pieces were attached, and I decided to not cut away the the foundation. I usually trim the extra layers to help with hand quilting, but in this case it wasn't necessary. I used both Perle cotton no. 8, and also hand quilting thread.
Sunday turned busy, and I had to carve out time late in the day to bind it. I opted for a very narrow binding, and turned the layer to the back where I mitred and stitched it on. I added a D sleeve for hanging, and was really pleased I had it done. A picture was taken, and the light cooperated. I was filling out the form online, and checking all the details. That's when I noticed a picture and caption in the sidebar with the dimension given as 12" x 12". I felt as though I couldn't breathe. Geez! Mine was a perfect 10" x 10". I'd trimmed it down exactly.
So, the voice of reason in the chair next to mine asked if it was something I could just 'add a border to'. Nope. Then he asked if I had time to make something else. Yup. Not happily, but, yes, I had the time. It was my mistake. It wasn't my first, and surely won't be my last, but darn it all, I will be far more careful the next time around.
The new one is underway, but only thanks to the notebooks I save. Ideas and drawings helped inspire me, and get started back up when I felt dried out and a bit depressed. I can tell you they do have real value. So get out your pens and paper, or a way to organize any idea that comes through your thoughts. It may be just the muse you are looking for.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
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