Before I began blogging about these upcoming deadlines, I decided to renovate a quilt I started several months ago. I had already ripped off those navy blue squiggles shown in the post yesterday. Then I sliced it in half and spent a bunch of time removing the stray fusible webbing from the squiggles.
I needed to balance the brown circle grid surface design, so I added more of those.
Then I designed and stitched a jagged, skinny branch shape with a tulle overlay. Here you can see the stitching before I cut the tulle away.
So that left me with this.
Next I created a stitch map for the embroidery. And found a perfect skein of pearl cotton to match the colors in the quilt.
By the way, this is a regular struggle for me -- does my work fit the theme? Am I cheating the artistic spirit by manipulating myself, the art or the theme? Lately, I have just been telling myself that I want to make art quilts that fit into my body of work. That's the priority. Stitching tiny houses certainly fits my style -- and makes this quilt a more appropriate entry in Tactile Architecture.
- stitched lots of tiny houses
- settled on two possible themes: residential solar energy or an abstract interpretation of a magnetic field sensor circuit.
- agonized over feeling like a fraud
- reconsidered my themes
- studied carbon 14 dating
- cut a piece of batting in the required size
Coming up Roses
- noticed a dude at the gym with a cool rose tattoo