||[Feb. 26th, 2010|09:30 am]
In late December, someone suggested that I join the quilt challenge at 3 Creative Studios (three textile artists who have come together to offer classes, sell their wares, etc. under one roof.) On a bi-monthly basis, a challenge word is given to the participants, and they must produce a quilt based on the challenge. I was pleased to be asked and excited for the opportunity to grow.
Although I blog about my quilts and post them to different communities in LJ, I have never really opened myself up to critical response to my quilts – I mean no one’s going to say to one of my posts, “What shite is that, Kit?”, y’know? They’re only going to respond if they like it.
But when the list of participants was announced I was quite intimidated. Not only were they excellent quilters as a group, a lot of them were *gulp* - artists! As if that wasn’t bad enough, I was stumped by the challenge itself. How to interpret “puzzle”?
I didn’t want to do something too literal (jigsaw, crossword, sudoko); although I would have liked to do a labyrinth with a Minotaur hiding in it, my skills weren’t up to the challenge, and I couldn’t figure out what to do. When the other challenge participants started posting their finished quilts on Monday, I went into panic mode. I knew I had to produce something by Sunday!
But, my cats came to the rescue and provided me with my puzzle:
“How does a house with five cats, also house a mouse?”
As soon as it was done, I knew there were ways I could have improved it from both a technical standpoint and an artistic standpoint (for example, I need to learn how to do more stitches than a zig zag or a straight stitch(!); and if I were do this again, I would have one of the cat’s heads peeking out of the top left hand corner.)
However, I love the little bowls made of scraps and shreds of fancy dress fabric; the background of scraps of white fabric representing the “floor tiles” is a technique I’m fond of incorporating; and I like the overlay of the silver “mousetracks”. As for the glamorous Ms. Mousie herself, who wouldn’t love a black sequin mouse?
All in all, I’m pleased – mostly that the first hurdle has been achieved (!); but also that I can now move on and make something even better for the next challenge.
(clickable pics and more details at my blog: http://www.divaquilts.com/2010/02/puzzle.html)