Here’s what I worked on this afternoon, the In Cold with a Bad Cold quilt for the Keiko show. I’m having a hard time working this small, it’s only 14″ x 9″. When I drew it, I tried to create a simple image, but as usual, I want to put in more little stuff, like the lamp, spilt orange juice, and discarded banana peel.
The reason I called it a slugfest yesterday: I have all these great fabrics on the shelf screaming for attention. When I’m laying them out on my design table, I always feel like it’s big fight between patterns and colors, but it’s survival of the fittest. I’m waiting to see if the pink and purple polka-dots knocks out the blue and orange plaid.
For my current project, I wish I had more shocking pinks. I only have a few good ones in the semi-finals. I know many artists only use their own hand-dyed fabrics. but I love plaids, polka-dots, and stripes and avidly collect them. There’s just something funnier about a plaid pretzel than a plain old orange one.
Humor is a strange and mysterious thing. Why for example, are some words funny and others are not? When I was first thinking about doing a yoga quilt, I thought “Yoga” or “Pilates”. Yoga just sounds funnier. Pretzel sounds funnier than rice cracker. At least to me, and maybe I’m all alone here?
It’s been really frustrating all week. I have all these ideas, lots of work to finish, and the group show coming up–but I haven’t been able to get any significant time in the studio. For some reason, my phone has been ringing non-stop with business calls, whah whah whah!
Anyway, I really am about to wrap up the quilting on my Whine and Dine at Sushi Zen, and then I’ll just have to put a border and hanging sleeve on it. Here’s a few morsels, not the full image. I’ll post that on my website when I’m done.
Oops, just noticed I haven’t sewn on the octopus eyes yet. Oh well, just imagine them.
I’ve been taking little snapshots of different areas of my big quilts, and it has convinced me that my friend Emmie is right. I should do some smaller quilts with just a couple of figures. Think I’ll do that with some of my yoga ideas, before I launch into a big one.