Racing to finish as much as I could before my time at the 39th Street Artist in Residency was over. This just gives you a taste of how long it takes to make a quilt. Though to be fair, this one is bursting at the seams, so to speak, with ideas, techniques and just plain labor.
THE STUDY Testing out assorted approaches to all those words, aptly called by one observer, a giant retirement card.
Then more things added to the main work. See if you can tell what was done. Hint—all those little smiley faces are first hand appliquéd; then the fabric behind slit open to stuff them; then the slit is stitched back together; when basting the sandwich together, separate basting is done around each stuffed smiley face (count them...). White items, like Akemi's Daruma, included the additional step of basting a backing fabric to the top image, then the slit, stuffing, etc., so that before it is quilted together there are TWO lines of basting to remove after quilting. Soooo, after four months this is as far as I got. I'm guessing that if I kept at it right now, it would take at least a couple more months to complete. Unfortunately, I did the residency at the expense of other activities that now require my attention. But stayed tuned, I WILL finish it.
And I want to extend my thanks to John Paradiso, and all the fab artists I got to hang with during this utterly fun stretch.