Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday Already?!

Wow, I can’t believe it is Wednesday already.  I have been busy trying to get things together for my art group’s show at the Parkersburg Art Center.  We were all under the impression that the show was running from April-May, but we found out on Monday that the work is due at the Center on March 7 or 8.  I have been cataloging items and finishing up works since then.

I was hoping to have a jumbo knitted item for the show, but I am not sure there is time to not only make the i-cord but then knit the object (of the two, making the i-cord is actually the more time-intensive part).  So today I am upstairs, madly piecing.

This is what I was going to work on:

turtle fuller shot

What Lies Beneath (detail), 2007-present  It is one of the water tower pieces.

turtle detail

I was planning on completing the applique on the turtle.  I was also going to make some freemotion lace coral for around him and perhaps the pods in the center of the piece.  If you look closely, you can make out the fish skeletons I quilted in the background.  I just love this piece.  I think that is one reason I’ve been taking so long to finish it.

But the power flickered while I was making bobbins and I decided I did not want to risk being in the middle of sewing a large freemotion piece if it did go out.  So instead I switched to piecing more of the Winter White piece (title still to be determined, something White though I’m guessing; or something Winter). 

winter piecing

I am really enjoying how Zen piecing this has been.  I have been working on enjoying the process and not obsessively counting each strip as it is sewn down, as that makes it take longer.  The strips are not complete because I am trying to get a feel for how wide the piece will be with “X” amount of strips.  In reality there are only three complete strips made and it is coming up time to cut more fabric (isn’t that everyone’s favorite part of quilting? ha ha).  Not my usual bright bright colors at all, but it reminds me of how the hillsides  usually look during the winter around here, with flashes of the occasional moss and cardinal in the woods.  I am excited to see how it looks at its full planned size of 60” x 60”.

For now I am taking a shoulder stretching break and blogging.  Tonight at stitch n bitch I will be sewing the sleeve and label on my Tyger Tyger quilt.  The Parkersburg Art Center has a beautiful gallery space and I’m looking forward to really representing in the show.


Treasure Ann said...

I love that turtle piece Andi, and I can't wait to see how your winter piece turns out.
It is so exciting to representing in a show. I know you will do well. Keep me posted.

Treasure Ann said...

Oh and I just wanted to say that I like the detailing with the fish skeleton in the background. Nice work. I'm a fanatic about detailing and specifics, so I really like that. Nice work.

Andi said...

Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

These are both really beautiful! Great Work!!

Andi said...

Thank you. Sometimes I wonder while sewing what I am doing because it takes so long, but it is definitely worth the effort when it's finished.