Yes. I have stitched myself off the radar once again. But I must say I have some good excuses. Two weeks of house guests, a solo school, three kids starting school, and a husband traveling the state. It has been a long tiring month.
I’ve got lots of blog posts inside of me, and I have been having a hard time figuring out where to begin again. Finally, this morning, I decided to just start with the big stuff and that would be the completion of 15 new small pieces for my show at the Kenai Peninsula College.
The show is currently hanging at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery on the KPC campus, but I am going to save that story for another post.
The gallery is small but a very nice space.
I decided this would be a great opportunity for me to go back to the single Crossed Square quilt block. I documented that story in the last blog post I wrote. You can read about it here if you like.
I have been living the zen piecer life for the last month.
I put it all up on the design wall and think about it for a bit.
And then I begin again.
I shave, I stack, I stitch. I think.
My goal was to finish 22 of these new little pieces.
I found that working small really frees me up. The big pieces always feel so precious.
Because the little ones take less time, I seem to loosen up, be a bit more experimental. Which is a good thing.
When I get going in a particular direction it is very hard for me to stop.
My favorite part of the quilt making process is designing and piecing, and when I am in that zone the only thing that can get me to stop is a deadline.
That deadline was September 13th–the day we hung the show.
As that day approached, I had to force myself to stop piecing and start quilting.
I loaded the first batch on to my long arm machine and started stitching.
I cannot predict how long it will take me to piece a quilt. The design process is a very difficult thing to measure, but quilting and finish work can be quantified.
I know this, yet some small completely irrational part of my inner being always convinces me it will take less time. This voice tells me I should just keep piecing…and so I do. Until it is almost too late.
I can quilt a 12 inch by 12 inch section in about 2 1/2 hours. To face, sleeve, and label a small quilt takes at LEAST 1 1/2 hours. I know this. Each quilt is going to take approximately five hours to finish. 22 quilts times five equals 110 hours.
Still, I some how think I can get it done in less time. I logged 63 hours in my studio the week before we hung the show.
As the hours flew by, I had to make decisions. Some of the more complicated pieces would have to wait.
Still I finished 15 new small works, started three big pieces, and have 7 other small pieces in varying stages of completion, and that is kind of amazing.
Last Sunday we loaded them up and drove along the ocean’s edge
and through the mountains
to get arrive in Soldotna, Alaska to hang the show.
In the next blog post, we get to see my work in lights.
Isn’t that a fun perk to having a show in Soldotna?