Friday, November 14, 2008
Last month, the Quilt Guild Ardis Wannabes (artist want-to-be's) pulled the word "Q U I L T" out of the bag, and those who wish to participate were to make some art-y type 'thing' based on the word. The important aspect of the project/thing is that is must be DONE by the next month. The goal is to help us stretch our imagination, try something new and not get overwhelmed with such broad terms as saving humanity, the search for truth ... NOT!!!
This isn't my idea of "arty" but it IS something different for me. First, it's paper piecing, so I had to actually USE a computer program (Foundation Factory) that I've had for at least 5 years, then one will discover (after they are sewn together!) that alphabet letters need to be spaced differently than just say .. a standard 1 inch between letters. So one must UNSEW!!! them carefully (remember? they are paper pieced?), and the very most important part is when you resew them, they still must say Q U I L T S, and not Q U L I S T! Oh yes, I can hear you guffawing out there, thinking, "how can anyone get them in the wrong order?" Hey, Q U L I S T happens!
So, in my search on this journey to thinking more artistically, I am learning to stay calm, don't throw it out, and go back and fix it, no matter how disgusted one gets. Chances are, when finished, it will be OK. And I like it.
I wanted something to put on the wall that says, "A quilter lives here". Again, I used what I had, adequately machine quilted, there are several prairie points pointing inward (for interest) and bound with single fold straight of grain binding, hand sewn.
Tomorrow is Quilt Guild day. I wonder what the new Ardis Wannabe word will be?