Things are going to be busy around here the next couple weeks. So many fun things going on. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been sharing with you the progress on my quilt for Eye Candy Gallery’s Double Takes exhibit.
This is the 3rd annual Double Takes and I’ve been in all 3. Its my favorite show. Partly because its local, but mostly because I enjoy working with Frank and Nancy (owner/manager) of the gallery.
The concept of the exhibit is to match artists with photos taken by the Sandhills Photography Club. Each artist selects an image they’d like to use for inspiration in their artwork. I use photographic inspiration a lot, so this pair-up works well with me (another reason why I like working on this exhibit).
This time around, I knew I had other commitments so I selected a photo that was similar to other work that I’ve done. Unlike the last 2 Double Takes, I didn’t try to literally interpret the photo. I used a little bit more personal inspiration and I like how things worked out.
In the past 2 exhibits, I spent a lot of time stretching my skills to accomplish the piece. Although, I chose a subject that was familiar, this time I did still challenge myself. One thing that I have been wanting to do on my quilts is spend more time and concentration on my background quilting. Dense free-form quilting is what I like, but its very time-consuming … and thread-consuming. I tend to avoid doing it and frequently choose more open stitching to accomplish the job. Not this time.
I decided my challenge for this year’s Double Takes was to slow down and tightly quilt the entire 19.5″ x 40.5″ quilt. It took me over 6 hours to complete all the background quilting, but I’m pleased with the results.
My mission is accomplished and I delivered the quilt to Eye Candy today. The opening reception is May 2 and I can’t wait to see the show. It is so much fun to see how artists interpret their chosen photo. Sometimes it is even difficult to tell which is the real photo. With my work, you’ll know which is which.
I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt. I’ll show you the week of May 2 , so be sure to come back to visit my blog. If you’re near Southern Pines, make time to visit Double Takes and see it in person. I know you’ll enjoy what you see.