Mariner’s Compass, Part 4 (Finished!)

Whew!  This art piece is finished!

It was a near thing, getting it completed before the end of the year.  I had several thoughts urging me on before the calendar rolled to 2015:

  1. I had established a SAQA Visioning Project goal of 4 new art pieces in 2014 (this is the 4th).  No way was I going to miss achieving the goal by mere days.  Not that there’s a gold star or a smiley face or a trophy for the goal meeting.  Instead, there is satisfaction in accomplishing something I set out to do in the time I set to do it.
  2. I refuse to let the busyness of a new job stop me from creating my art, and….
  3. I needed the dining room table cleared of sewing machine, cutting mats, fabric, thread, scissors, Ott lites, and art to make room for Christmas cookies, Christmas cake, and Christmas Eve dinner.  Food, drink, and fabric don’t mix.

Somewhere through the process of creating this piece, I realized its name had changed to Sunburst.  The bright, bright points of color in the compass explode across the  pale, pale yellow of a dawn sky.

What do you think?


Sunburst (link to poem)

Compass - Finished 01
Both the art and the duvet it is laying on have some warp. I’d love to know what I am doing that prevents the finished piece from laying flat

Compass - Finished 02
Straight(er) shot. See the sun exploding in the sky?

Compass - Poem Label
The poem label


Next up: “Any color’s all right as long as it’s red” –  My Grandpa Clark used to say that.  I always thought the statement would make an excellent art quilt name.  Check back in January for a progress report.


Mariner’s Compass, Part 3

I’m impressed with myself.  Even with out-of-town travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, I actually got some quilting done!

I added more quilting within the compass and have begun the process of stitching the rays shooting off the sunburst.  The plan is to have this finished and bound, a poem written and stitched to the back, by the Christmas holidays.

I hope you’re finding time, even if just a few moments, to get something creative done during this busy season. 🙂

Compass - Quilting 04
Additional work inside the compass, just to give the points more emphasis

Compass - Quilting 05
The “rays”

Compass - Quilting 06

Please stop back in a couple of weeks to see if this gets finished.

Do you make time during the holidays to work on your art, or do you take a small break?

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