So it's Festival of Quilts next week and I'm officially sulking as I can't go. (Got to stay away from busy places because of the risk of catching a germ). Many of you will know that Linda and I should have been showing a big, brand new collection of work called This is Everything we Are. Sadly that has had to go on the back burner for a while, but the organisers of Festival have kindly said that they will welcome us back whenever I'm ready. I don't know when that'll be at the moment, but I'll be sure to keep you posted.
It'll be such a shame to miss the event this year as we've been part of every single Festival since the beginning and always look forward to catching up with familiar faces. Linda is hoping to visit and hang out on the Madeira stand for a while where she'll have some new quilts on display. I'll let you know when I do, the details on that so you can drop by and see her if you'd like to.
Meanwhile, I have been continuing with the work that was in progress before the diagnosis. When I chatted to Jamie about when, if ever, the exhibition might take place, and that I didn't know if I could work at my usual loony pace to get it ready, he suggested that I might like to try a slow and steady approach and just work when I could with the view to eventually having the work done. Well don't tell him, but he's probably right. At risk of casting aside my 'queen of the last minute' status I'm chipping away like a tortoise.
I finished this piece this morning. It's only small, about 13" x 15", so quite doable, even with all the closely worked quilting.
I'm loving how the dense stitch alters the surface.
It's a collaged arrangement including a piece of monoprinted paper, top left in the photo above.
The head is a monoprint on fabric. A technique I demonstrated on DMTV.
I added some digitally stitched circles too.
So a nice, satisfying finish. It just needs a trim and the plan is to mount it onto some sort of wooden panel. There are 15-18 of these panels at various stages so I hope when they are displayed they'll look quite good en masse.
Thanks for dropping by today.