Note: I have 2 posts today because they are on very different subjects.
You might expect me to recount my year, given that it’s New Year’s Day. It was not a “bad” year, but it certainly was a frustrating one. I have very little completed work to show for the year and this is the main reason why:
I looked back and I see that I started this one in Dec, 2018. I worked all year on it and realized that it was not a viable quilt sometime in October, 2019. Almost a year of hard work and the quilt is just not retrievable. There is nothing wrong with calling this what it is: a failure. It just didn’t work.
My friend Linda Waddle looked at it with me and has a great idea for dying it. But there are underlying problems with the trapunto and the silk that would not be fixed with the dye. And there still is a ton of work to be done. On a flawed quilt. If I do revisit this quilt, it will be to start afresh with an entirely new quilt.
The fabric is a gorgeous, very light ice blue silk dupioni which does not show correctly in the photos. I LOVE my design and the concept. If time allows I would love to make another run at this. But it is on the shelf for now.
I was able to finish a piece that will hang in my guild’s show in early Feb:
This is a hand-painted batik panel from Turtle Hand Batiks that I purchased in 2014 at the Houston show! I’ve love this piece but never had the impetus to quilt it up. When it came time to submit to my guild’s show, I realized I had nothing to show! I joined the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild in 1999 (or 2000, not exactly sure) and I know I have had at least one piece in the show every year. I could not not show something, so I grabbed this panel and had a blast.
Turtle Hand sells Malaysian small-batch handcrafted products and their mission statement follows: Our mission is to keep Malaysian Heritage Crafts alive & thriving thus supporting and enhancing the livelihood of individual artisan producers & their communities. Their ethical trade practices honor and reward the local artists for their unique works of art and I love that!
One thing I wanted to include was trapunto. I think the trapunto greatly enhances this piece. I hope to begin teaching trapunto more often and this would be one of my show pieces. I do not intend to compete with this piece.
It definitely needed blocking and I also had used a bit of blue marker so I needed to get all that out. I do this in my big tub and using my (clean!) feet as agitators, I swish around constantly for 10 minutes, which is surprisingly exhausting. The piece has unusual proportions being nearly 6′ tall and 19″ wide. It makes a statement!
It took almost 3 days to dry during these cool, overcast winter days. I pin every inch all around the perimeter to get it dead-on straight. I will still need to steam it a bit in places but once that process is done it should hang board straight. Whew – done in time for show! Ooops – I do need to label and sleeve. I think I’ll leave that until the last minute…
I am not up to doing a 2019 recap but in general, it was a fabulous year for teaching and travel. I have some very exciting plans for 2020 that are in process and if they come through, it will be a dream come true! My classes in Houston this year were off-the-charts successful, my best year yet.
I am so grateful for each of you who read, who comment and support me. It means more than you know. I still get excited every time I get a comment. And my numbers continue to grow which warms my heart. My goal is to share my quilty life with you, the good and the bad, unvarnished. I hope that it is an inspiration to you and that it encourages you to go out and do your own thing on your own quilts.
So 2019 was not my strongest year. That’s okay. Three mantras I have about this quilting gig I do:
1. No one bats a thousand. No one.
2. There is room in this quilting world for us ALL to prosper, no need to get jealous or competitive. Do your thing.
3. No matter what, Onward!
2020 – bring it on!