And yet, I can't figure out that choice for myself and I really have been a bad blogger. I'm not apologizing to you as a reader (if you're even out there), I'm just trying to figure out what I'm doing here.
As you know, I have a book coming out in the fall. I'm teaching and lecturing more. I'm showing and selling more work. I love all of this! I really do. So, it makes sense that my blog would complement those activities. But, then it starts to feel like a marketing tool rather than a personal journal. So, I'm seeking a balance.
How about some images of an in progress work? I always enjoy writing about my process and readers seem to enjoy it too.
I love the Tactile Architecture special exhibit at Quilt Festival in Houston every year. I love architecture and I think it's a never-ending well of inspiration for design. I've had the pleasure of being included in the exhibit a few times and I'd like to enter again this year. So, I set out to create something to fit the theme and size requirements.
I began with some brown, gray and black fabrics. I'm having a moment with neutrals this year. I added an orange mono-printed square... which looked awful.
I adjusted the proportions of the fabrics, cut the black to suggest a tree line, added a pop of red and swapped the orange mess for an off white fabric.
No, but those lines could become a fence. Off white fabric gets folded into a house shape.
Brown bush on the side of the house? Hmmm. Looks like a pile of mulch. Or a pile of something else.
Pop of color with a blue door?
Would more "mulch" improve the design?
Definitely not. How about adding a branch? (You can see the bits of handwriting I've added to the brown section?)
Two branches suggesting my beloved arch over the top of the composition?
This is the first stage in my process. I've settled on the fabric foundation (and added just a tiny bit of surface design with the handwriting). Some of the fabrics are fused to each other at this point. The next step is to make sure every piece is the shape I want and ready to fuse to batting.
Then I add more surface design. Then hand stitching. Then machine stitching.
Actually, I created a video about this quilt and another follow-on quilt. You can watch it here.
So, should I keep blogging? More personal stuff? More process stuff? Just whatever comes to mind?