I've been grateful for the overcast Bank Holiday weather as I've been motoring away on my sewing machine , quilting my door quilt. This was after taking over yet another room in the house for art activities, pinning the quilt on the extended dining room table.
I've completed all the door area using 4mm twin needle with different threads, it's amazing how much texture it adds.
I'd already worked out what I was doing in this area by preparing a 12 inch square sample where I'd tried different needle widths and ways of attaching the door handles and organza ' nails'.
Before I started quilting the arch and brickwork, I realised I needed to make a sample for that too!
Working on Journal Quilts (particularly the 12 inch square format) got me into making my samples up into properly bound mini-quilts. I find this years CQ format of 10 x 7 are a bit small for this purpose although I've enjoyed using scraps up! All useful for the 'story boards' I use for works in progress.
The other advantage of 12 inch square 'sample' mini-quilts is that they look great mounted on canvases , particularly in related groups .
I have a bit of a dilemma in relation to this - I have the opportunity to potentially exhibit some of these for sale in a new gallery. However I don't really have the time to mount more work and organize the paperwork as I'm entering a manic period at work ( 12 day stretch of back -to- back training and giving paper at conference) besides looming deadline for door quilt. Not forgetting 2 day lamination course at Art Van Go!
I'd be sorry to pass on this opportunity but would it distract too much from what I really want to do - make large pieces? I think I already know the answer but would appreciate your thoughts.