I didn’t need to start a quilt last week, but I needed to. I was planning on making more work for the Open House. But, like I said, I needed to make a quilt. And I wasn’t thinking of making a quilt for the Open House, I wanted to have a lot of small pieces so I’d have a lot of different work available.
But I couldn’t make something happen that didn’t want to and I didn’t want to stop doing something that wanted to happen. So I created Dragon Quilt. And I sold it before it was even done. Tess, the woman who bought my very first quilt, emailed me saying that dragons have always had special meaning for her and she wanted to buy it. The dragon fabric is a wrap around skirt that I cut apart. I got it years ago in a thrift store. I used one of the dragons on a wall hanging ( I think Tess has that too). I have two dragons left, and know they’ll find a place in my work at some point.
It’s always tricky making art for the Open House, what to sell if someone asks who can’t come and what to hang on to. So I go by my instincts, and it felt right for Tess to have the quilt, like it already belonged to her. Like that’s why I had to make it to begin with. And a quilt is different than a potholder. I often make potholders that are similar to each other, I’ve even made some pillows or wall hangings that are similar depending on how I make them. But I can’t do that with a quilt. The process is different. And I wouldn’t want to make two of the same quilts even if I could.
I signed and titled Dragon Quilt this morning then started working on a new wall hanging. Something to sell at the Open House. It will be the last thing I make this week. Tomorrow I’ll start moving my things out of my studio and converting it to my School House Gallery.