Force Field, like so many of my quilts, was a long journey from bits of fabric to a completed quilt.
In my not-so-well organized photo files, I first spot Force Field on March 1, 2011. It’s in the upper right corner.
That spring, I was pushing myself hard. I was going to the Crow Barn in May, and I wanted to have GOOD and NEW work to show. This was before I had many exhibition commitments. That meant I was not under a real deadline, but rather under a self-imposed deadline. This is my favorite way to work. I just stitch and stitch and stitch and eventually quilts start to appear on my design walls.
Only when the quilts started to layer up on the design walls would I force myself to limit the number of quilts I was working on at one time. At the time, I had two four foot by four foot walls and one longer design wall.
Other quilts are in the developmental phase. Those quilts are in the stitching stage as well. I am trying this, than trying that, just trying to get things to lock into place and make sense on the design wall. All of these bits are still bits three years later. Still waiting to become a quilt…
Other quilts are completely stuck. They may be stagnant for days and days, even years and years. These are the quilts I am thinking about while I am stitching the ones that have been resolved or the ones that are in the development phase.
It is a very messy process especially in the old studio where horizontal space was limited and my flat fold storage was difficult to access. I would set up an extra table to lay fabrics out on, but that meant there was limited room for moving around. I feel compelled to share my new studio with you here–that way you know that I no longer quilt in squalor.
Part of Force Field ended up in Boulevard. Can you find? I love having quilts make guest appearances in other quilts.
Force Field has been traveling with Solstice for the past year as part of the SAQA Deux Exhibition.
You can read more about this exhibit on the SAQA website. And if you want to see the Force Field (and Solstice) in person, you can this weekend at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.