Here are a couple of my projects that require a thimble and needle. Lucky for me I already have most of the quilting done, then binding and sleeve requirements. I should be working on these when I am vegging on the couch binge watching something!
I found a small bin with some of my older (but surprisingly interesting) unfinished quilts, including my first sampler quilt! This was created in an Arlene Stamper class and I only went because I had a friend that didn't want to go by herself. It is still just a top but I will be machine quilting it next year.
These pieces are SO OLD (how old are they?) that the quilt police would only accept hand quilting as a legitimate way to quilt. Some of my pieces have hand quilting started on them and I think the smaller or almost complete ones will be finished with hand quilting. Some I may finish to a point where the machine quilting won't look too out of place. I have a few that are finished tops or just need a final border and I will definitely quilting those by machine.
I was going to try to work on a quilt for an exhibit with a submission date in February but with our schedule over the next few months I know that is not going to happen. Instead I will work on my UFO's and have fun experimenting with some machine quilting designs.
What sort of projects are you going to be working on? New ones or finishing UFO's? I am also going to try to post more on my website!
I have my art quilt almost finalized for the upcoming SAQA Ebb & Flow exhibit. I have the sleeve to put on and the hardest part for this one, deciding on a title for the label. This piece has been a struggle in several areas but I am very happy with the final results.
This quilt started life as a sketch that was not actually slated to be a quilt, and because of this, was not designed for 'quilt construction'. I did several reverse sewing sessions to get this constructed and to flow the way I wanted. Some of the areas were replaced with different fabrics and some were redesigned.
Since moving to Prescott, AZ, I no longer have access to my former 'in person' critique groups. Thanks to my internet critique group on Facebook's Workplace I got some great feedback on my questions and concerns. This group was fairly easy to set up so if other artists are struggling with not having a local critique group, this could be an option for you.
Are you working towards any upcoming exhibits either with SAQA, regional or gallery?
I was very honored to find out that I was awarded a third place for Canyon De Chelly behind two very distinguished quilt artists at the Chandler Vision Gallery exhibit! Linda Anderson took first place and Betty Busby took second place. Both are amazing artists and I am thrilled to be included in their company.
The exhibit has a wide range of quilted art pieces from pieced, painted, 3D elements, to computer designed and printed. If you are in the Phoenix/Chandler AZ area any time between now and January 3, 2020 you should stop in and enjoy the wide range of art quilts.
My piece is shown on one of the pages for the exhibit. Not sure how often this is changed or updated, but it is nice to be featured.
On to the next quilts for some upcoming SAQA exhibits. I will be submitting some pieces for the Ebb and Flow and have just started working on a piece for Beyond the Mirror.
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Northern Arizona. We now create our art full time.