I’m working on getting my studio cleaned up, since I have a studio tour coming up… in April! OK, maybe that seems like a lot of time, but I need it to be ready. The studio tour is one way that we’re raising money for the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum through StashFest. Different artists are offering studio tours which people can purchase as and “Insider Visit” at StashFest. So I’m really motivated to get my studio in tip-top shape.
|Cathedral Visions – designed and machine pieced
by Christina Fairley Erickson
Part of cleaning up is to go through my UFO’s and figure out what I need to finish them off… or if I should even bother. Sometimes a project just doesn’t speak to you anymore. If that’s the case, let it go. There are plenty of groups who make charity quilts who would love your unfinished bits and pieces. It’s quite a relief to give things away. Give yourself permission to get rid of pieces that you really don’t want anymore. Many people are even selling partially completed items on eBay… then they can take their earnings and go get more fabric!
|My original drawing from my photograph|
So, here is today’s UFO: Cathedral Visions. I started this quilt for a show (Sacred Spaces) but didn’t finish it on time… so it was put on a shelf and has sat there about 2 years. It is completely machine pieced (not appliqued) and I made all the fabrics myself (hand-dyed and painted.)
|Each section was numbered to cut out the pieces|
I’ve done quite a bit of traveling and this comes from a photo of an inside of a cathedral which I took. The values represent the darks from all the beams and shadows of the convoluted spaces, as well as the light coming through some stained glass windows.
I’m sure you can see the challenges this piece presented when looking at all those curves and sharp angles!
While I like this piece, I feel like it doesn’t entirely work somehow. I can’t quite get my finger on it… I know that adding freemotion quilting will help it to a certain extent. I’ll be checking Leah Day’s FreeMotion Quilting Project for inspiration.
|Detail view of Cathedral Visions|
I’d love any comments, critique and feedback you might offer!
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