Good Morning, Creatives! Happy Hump Day!
This week I really am going to finish Let the Light In. I've been waiting to finish this quilt before I go visit local artist, Larry Smith, and inquire about adding my quilts to his gallery, and I'm getting antsy to show my work!
Let the Light In is an interesting piece because it's strongly influenced by a slide background my church used one Sunday in June. Admittedly, Perimeter is quite a creative place and usually has beautiful slide images and stage decor, but I doubt anyone expected that someone would quilt the slide! So, for two months, I've been puttering through this top, improvisationally piecing a bit here and there between other projects. I think the key skill I've developed is an eye for how to sew fabric together to minimize waste and weird spots, but also to be unafraid of trimming sections to square them off for stitching together. Also, improvisational piecing, at least when there is a general effect one is attempting, is a lot harder than I expected! It takes more mental and creative energy for me to work on this piece because every seam is an important decision. There is no auto-pilot. While there's a couple of wonky places from early on, my skills improved as I went, and I feel pretty confident and excited about this technique now!
Last night I pieced the back of the quilt using some of the larger pieces left from the top. Tonight I will baste it and start quilting... if I can decide HOW I want to quilt it. I've thought about concentric circles complemented by some handwork. Or I might hand quilt the whole piece... Hopefully it'll come to me as I baste. Any ideas?
What are you working on? I'd love to hear from you in the comments and connect on Instagram @stringandstory!