Sunday, 10 March 2019

Coming Up for Air

I've been working through several large projects, so blogging has been on the back burner. Client quilting, coordinating the jurying process for the CQA/ACC National Juried Show, and making art for a solo show meant hustling hard!

It's impossible to show the NJS jurying, but I can say that it has been intense and time consuming. Letters went out to the entrants a couple of days ago, so most of the work is done. Just a few loose ends to contend with, and I'll have completed my duties - Whew!

Fresh off the Frame
Each medallion of this gorgeous (GORGEOUS!) English paper pieced quilt has its own character, which I tried to honour with the quilting.

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Because this is all hand pieced, there's absolutely no stitching in the ditches. 

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Fillers were chosen based on how they related to a medallion's character, to each other, and whether or not I could stitch them without using the ditches.

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My client requested a generous, undulating feather in the borders - the perfect finishing touch for this quilt!

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My goal was to enhance the quilt without diminishing the beauty of the fabrics. Look at all that amazing fussy cutting!!!

Edges lay flat when the quilt is laid out on a flat surface. I threw this over a poly filled, puffy quilt already on the bed, and it shows. (whoops!)
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Cleared the frame in time to meet this client's deadline:

(Here you can see the pink, puffy culprit underneath this quilt - still whoops!)
Flirtatious pantograph 
It was fun to roll with a pantograph after the intense custom job - so I squeezed in one more!

Bones pantograph
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Then I became anxious to finish a couple of things in time for my solo show, "Nature Stories".

These two pieces have been under construction for a lonnnng time. Planning a show was the push I needed to get them done.

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My show has been hung, and I'm happy to say that four of my pieces sold on opening night! I haven't been back to check on things since the opening, but will drop in this week for an update.

I'm not going to show everything I've been up to in a single post (you're welcome!).

Suffice it to say, three months of 16 hour days had me gasping for air a few times . . . but here I am on the other side of the deadlines, intact and still breathing! WHOOP, WHOOP!!!

Linking up with:
Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 

Until next time, 

Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole