This was a “get it done” moment. The deadline for submitting a 6″ x 8″ piece to the SAQA Spotlight Auction creped up on me. All of a sudden I had 4 days to submit my piece and I was going out to a lecture/workshop for 2 of those days!
I’m really excited that I will be attending the SAQA Conference in Portland, Oregon. One of our fundraisers is the Spotlight Auction. Members donate their 4″ x 6″ pieces and then can bid on what we like. It’s a LOT of fun and it’s so much more fun when you have skin in the game. So I did not want to miss this opportunity.
But what was I going to do? I didn’t have time to think, just time to do. I briefly cruised my inspiration files but nothing there was really formed in my mind. I didn’t have time to ponder colors, design, fabric. So I went to what I already knew and created a whole cloth grass piece….in about 4 hours.
I usually start here with my quilt sandwich Misty Fused together. I once again used cotton sateen-white on the front and black on the back.
We are instructed to send a 6″ x 8″ piece but it will be framed down to 4.5″ x 6.5″. I wanted to create that window so I knew how to design the piece. I chose to just stitch it out in water soluble thread so that it would be easy to remove.
You MUST remember to change out that bobbin when using water soluble thread! How do I know? I’ve watched 4 hours of quilting disappear when I wet the quilt surface after forgetting to remove the water soluble thread in the bobbin. When I store the water soluble thread in its protective bag, it better have a bobbin with it.
I marked my basic lines with my Marvy disappearing marker. I prefer the Marvy over others since it is acid-free. And I did not want any worries with removing other forms of marking.
Because I have done this piece before, just with a different scale, it was easy for me to stitch out. I was done in 4 hours-perhaps an all-time record.
I always love my backs. I like it as well as the front.
Now, my question to you, should I sign it in pen on the front or does that disrupt the design? The photo is of a completed piece. As you can see, the back bled to the front, creating that horrible stain. But it does give me an idea of how the signature would look on the front. (I would sign it in the lower right corner-ignore the other test signatures you see in the photo.)What do you think?
I’ll be linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday-check out the links.