Is it Finished Yet?
When is an artwork finished? There are likely as many answers to that question as there are artists. Can a piece be finished multiple times? I answer that question with a resounding yes. Why? Because there are many phases to creating fiber art and each one feels like a finish. Or to quote the Senior Executive Director of Studio Operations, “Close enough.” It is just that I take each piece a little closer and a little closer until… it’s finished at least for now.
Isn’t it wonderful to receive a notice that opens with Congratulations! from the person in charge of a Call for Entry? I’m in. The piece is ready to ship to the event or is it? I am thrilled that Sunrise Over the Atlantic was accepted into the 39th New Legacies: Contemporary Quilts Exhibition in Fort Collins.
Now is the time to assess whether this finished quilt is finished sufficiently enough to be show ready. First, I pull out my lint roller to remove all loose threads. Next, I assess whether it will hang well. My answer, the hanging system could use some tweaking. I already had a top slat in a hanging sleeve, BUT, I need a hinged slat for shipping. The original slat would cause an up-charge in shipping expense, since it requires an “oversized” package. I also added loops at the bottom edge for a second hinged slat. This helps reduce the minor waffling when hanging. Thank you Senior Executive Director of Studio Operations for designing and building the hinged slats.
It is time to say good-bye to Happiness is a Warm Blanket. I am sending it to SAQA’s Benefit Auction. First, I must add a label. All my labels include:
- An image of the piece,
- The title of the piece,
- My name and contact information,
- The size of the piece and
- The date completed.
Now Happiness is a Warm Blanket is a finish!
Rainbow Scrap Challenge
My orange blocks aren’t complete until I finish them by adding them t their stem blocks. Done.
I’m linking up to the following posts:
Congrats on your acceptance! It’s a great quilt. And your cat in a blanket is fabulous! It’s sure to fetch a good price!
Norma, your comment is such an ego boost. Thank you!
Hi Gwyned, congratulations on your entry! Best of luck for the auction of “Happiness is a warm blanket”. It’s gorgeous.
Thank you, Andree. Always exciting to receive an include letter. The auction isn’t until September, but entries are due much sooner to start the promo and administrative work by SAQA’s staff.
I love your RSC blocks. Those are amazing.
Thank you, Sharon. I had fun designing the flowers for my 2023 RSC quilt this year. I based them on a 30+ year old book in my library called Fantasy Flowers. I redrafted and tweaked the original blocks with the help of EQ8.
Congratulations! And goodbye to Lola and the warm blanket, am I correct in thinking you have the model at home with you to love and cuddle?
You are correct, Jenny. In fact, Lola, the model for my series of thread painted cat quilts, is sleeping beside me in her condo right now.
Congratulations! Sunrise is a beauty, and I love Lola in her blanket 😉 Great tip about the rod on the bottom, and I loke your label too.
Thank you for sharing these great news, and linking up!
Now if only I would follow my own tips automatically. Sometimes I think I write my posts to remind myself. I’m glad you find the tips helpful.
Great color work in your Sunrise Over the Atlantic, Gwyned! Congrats on having it in the upcoming show! I often do flat dowels across the bottom, too. Very pretty orange flower for this month!
I have fun abstracting sunrises into the quilts. My photos suggest the colors. I use what I have on hand. Nature is a great guide. The idea of using a slat at the bottom wasn’t mine. Still I think it is worth passing on for those who haven’t seen or thought of it. It’s so much fun watching a basic flower block transform with scraps. I’m glad you like this month’s blocks.
Congratulations indeed! And a hinged slat is a great idea. Your orange flower is looking lovely. xx
So glad you like the idea of a hinged slat, Lin. When I first started exhibiting fellow fiber artists would buy adjustable curtain rods. Those work, too and help keep shipping cartons small. They have the added advantage that you can use the same curtain rod on different quilts as long as they are being exhibited at different times.
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