Sometimes it takes a l-o-n-g time and a lot of attempts for an idea to turn into reality. Here's the story of one such idea and how it has taken six years to get there (and the story may not be over yet).
In May 2005 I took a workshop from Nancy Crow called "Improvisational Composition." One of the exercises was to block off a space four by eight feet, then divide it into two unequal sections. The large section was to be filled with large shapes, and the small section with small shapes. We would make our compositions first in black and white, then reproduce them in a wider array of neutral colors.
I had the idea to base my composition on a semicircle. In my mind, this was the southern hemisphere of a planet -- perhaps the earth -- and it was cracking apart. Hold that thought.
My first go at this composition was what I called "Black Planet." I planned to fill in the entire left portion of the planet with small, fine-line piecing.
My second go was "Brown Planet" and it too got to a certain point, but had to be folded up and taken home because the workshop ended before the quilt was sewed together.
The following spring I went back to the Barn for a master composition class, and decided that I wanted to keep working with the southern hemisphere composition.
We had an extremely large group in the workshop, and space was limited, so I worked a bit smaller than I had with the Black and Brown Planets. My first try went together quickly but I thought it was a little crude, a step backward in sophistication from my work the year before.
I worked on this piece when I got home, and then took it back to the Barn in December of 2006 where I got it almost finished, but then it got packed away and forgotten.
Only six years from idea to finished quilt. I still like the southern hemisphere design, and reviewing my photos makes me fantasize about finishing Black and Brown, although realistically I don't suppose that will ever happen. This quilt is a throwback, a pleasant reminder of where I was in 2006. Since then I've moved in a different direction and probably won't return to the Planets; they were a good idea whose time has passed. But it's nice to have one make its way to completion.