The problem with a cliff hanger is that if you don’t DELIVER, as in bring it on home, the final result can be–wahwah–disappointing. I’ve been thinking about that ever since I posted Evolution of a Circle.
So, we should all keep in mind that this was an assignment–an opportunity for me to learn. I am going to stop the on ramping and just put it out there.
This is the quilt I began in Nancy Crow’s workshop Lines/Curves/Circles & Figure/Ground: Part I.
I started with circles and curves.
And then I arranged them.
And I arranged them again.
You get the idea. It’s called the Quilter’s Workout–that’s when you climb up and down your step ladder all day long moving things around on your design wall. Last spring, when I was building the community quilt HOME, I walked three miles WITHOUT leaving my studio.
I like building my circles by stitching around the center in segments. This is similar to building a log cabin block. This approach to the circle makes for slightly off-kilter–not totally round–shapes. I like them.
I pieced a lot curves that did not make it into the final composition. They will go into the bit bin where they will patiently wait, maybe years, until they find their way into a another composition.
For example, bits from Spinda waited a long time to make their way into the sky space of the McCarthy Solstice community quilt. Here is Spinda.
And here are the left over bits.
I love it when bits from one quilt make an appearance in another quilt. It’s part of the story of my work and of the quilts themselves.
I worked on this quilt in three different locations–at the Crow Barn,
At my little solar studio in McCarthy, Alaska,
and finally back here in Anchorage.
Construction was complicated. The palette was difficult and not my own.
No one in my family knows what to make of it, but they are in consensus on one thing–this section of the quilt
Looks like a Stewie eye ball.
I don’t know what they are talking about.
I think the piece has some redeeming qualities.
Still, when you first finish work that is really new to you, sometimes you just can’t get a clear read–is it good? Is it a start to something? What is it?
Well, it is large–76 inches by 54 inches–that is true.
I have been calling it FLOAT.
And there you have it.
Just about an hour after this post went live, my dear friend Barb Mortell emailed me suggesting that if I got rid of that little blue worm on the right edge it would dramatically improve the piece. So I lobbed it off in my photo editor. (I also took a smidgen off the left side too.)
By Golly, I do believe she is right. The proportions are so much better now. I am eternally grateful to friends with good critical eyes! AMAZING.