So I looked through all of my flower photos and back through all of my past works. I looked through some of my sketch books too. To my surprise what got me wanting to get my hands on fabric again was some early 2000 quilted works I had pieced with joy back before I moved to Florida, back when npt sp simple piecing was what I loved doing, back before when selling my work was not top most in my mind and back before when I created works in series for solo exhibits was my priority.
I have for some months been mulling over whether I want to continue being a vendor at local quilt shows. I have decided that after March 2017 I will stop. I have also decided that I will no longer get on a plane to go teach, but I am still open to teaching in Florida. My last trip is scheduled for NY in March 2017.
That settled, I plan to work on projects for my own satisfaction. They may or may not be ones that I will enter in national quilt show competition. I know I will not work to a theme just to entry. Rather I will create what I want and if it fits I will submit it for consideration to shows like AQS, or the Mancuso's or possibly if I think what I am doing warrants consideration, I will enter Visions or Quilt National or several other art quilt venues.
So thinking all that I said to myself, "Juanita, if you are going to be doing a lot of piecing again, you need to reconfigure your work spaceyou can get to the design wall. Done.
My way of working on a pieced design is to doodle my idea on a piece of paper and refining it on 1/4" grid graph paper. From that refined drawing I scale it up on freezer paper. The freezer paper line drawing becomes my pattern or templates.
By style, most of what I have done since 2009 has been whole cloth painted works and of late most of those have been rather small ( 20" x 30" or less) . But now, what I am thinking and planning to do will be large.
Its been some years since I have worked large do long that to my surprise I was shocked when I began to pull off 2 lengths of 24 wide freezer paper to made my 48" x 96" full size cartoon for this idea I have. I also under estimated the lengths and had to add 18 more inches.
I won't say that when I left my works space last evening that I was overwhelmed at the prospect of making something that large again but I was, shall I say, I was second guessing my decision to jump back into working by starting with this large a piece.
But I must say that for the first time in months I bounced out of bed thinking I got to hurry up and get dressed and what can I fix for breakfast that is quick. I can't wait to get to work. Fabric!
I liked piecing this one too and working primarily with my own hand dyes. If this is the way I find myself wanting to go, here in Florida, I am looking at least 5 maybe 6 months of being able to dye fabric in the garage without suffering from over heating.
To give you a hint of what I am thinking, I am seeing circles and other things, but not flowers for now.
I am hoping this is the beginning of me getting back to my life as a quilt maker.