Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Bit of Studio Time

Haven't had much time in the studio lately because we've been so busy with the workshops and then when we do get a small break the weather heats up to the 80s and 90s with high humidity - and then you can just forget about staying for more than a second in my studio - no A/C, no fan = no me in the studio.

But last Saturday it was reasonable, so I set to work on another of my left over Nancy Crow workshop projects.

I had it hanging on my design wall for more than a month. I was waiting for inspiration and/or procrastinating because the ideas I was having for it would mean un-stitching some areas. Not what I was looking forward, too. So it continued to hang there.

Finally a couple of weeks ago, I decided that maybe it just needed more units to make it a larger piece. So I took out the fabrics we had made in the class -- but then, DANG -- I couldn't for the life of me remember how we had put together the units in class. I could have kicked myself for not taking better notes or pictures. So the project sat some more.

Then this past Saturday I gave myself a good talking to and said "shut up and just do it! You KNOW how it is done, just start doing it and you'll remember." I should listen to myself more often, but it worked. I stopped trying to think about what I was doing and just did it.

So here is a shot of the project ready to be quilted. I added another row of units and I liked it a whole lot better.

I could see getting carried away and continue making unit after unit, until the thing was ready to take over the world, but my studio is small and hot and I'm not prepared to wrestle with anything larger at the moment.

I'm quilting it with a light blue metallic thread and a pale variegated thread of blues, greens, and pinks. I haven't decided whether I will square it up when I'm done or let it keep its funky shape.