Earlier this week, I invited you to my first ever solo show. Which is kind of true and kind of not. You see, I actually have two solo shows in February. I know that’s a bit much. It’s one of those be careful what you wish for moments. But it happened, and I’m going with it.
My second show called Art of the Grid is at the Wiseman Gallery in Grants Pass, Oregon.
On Monday of this week, I felt like I was in pretty good shape. I just needed to attach a couple of facings, some hanging sleeves, and labels and pop it all in box and send it down the coast. I thought I would be heading to the post office early Tuesday afternoon. HA!
Why do the details ALWAYS take longer than you think they will? In response to that question, I decided to do the numbers.
The Wiseman Gallery has 1,100 inches of linear space. To properly fill the gallery, I needed to have at least 550 linear inches of quilt. I created 17 quilts for a total of 613 linear inches. So far so good. Now its just a matter of a little hand stitching.
I gathered my supplies. Duck tape to make thimbles, a stop watch to actually document how long it takes me to do these things, and the other usual notions needed for crossing the finish line.
I had to face TRIBE
and Crazy Daisy.
To make facings for a quilt takes me about 45 minutes per quilt. Once the facing is machine stitched to one side of the quilt, it takes me about a minute per linear inch to hand stitch the other side down. Total time to face these two quilts- 8 HOURS.
I know this seems very slow. I quilt my pieces very densely, which means that attaching facings and sleeves is hard work.
With each stitch I must check the front to confirm that I did not stitch through all three layers. If you are interested in how I make facings, you can read about it in this post called Facing Your Quilt.
If you would like to know how I sleeve and hang my quilts you can by reading this post called Hanging Your Quilt.
This is where I sat and stitched for most of the week.
But first I have stop for just a moment and cover my studio in these quilts.
I wish I were kicking back with some fancy cocktail and a giant plate of pasta right now cause I did just cross a finish line. Unfortunately, that was just THIS Thursday’s finishing line.
I’ve got a whole other set of quilts to prep for the show at the Bunnell Street Arts Center. As Walt said last night after we went to the post office and grocery store, “I hope you enjoyed your break. Cause you’ve got to go back to work now.”
I have shared this post on Nina-Marie’s Blog where you can see what fiber artists from around the world have been doing this week. Check it out.