I keep getting the SAQA reminder that auction quilts are due by June 1. That means that if I'm going to do anything - and I guess at this point, I should stress the "IF"... it needs to be EXACTLY 12" square, finished, and at its destination in less than 3 weeks. At this point, I have nothing. Is there a UFO in my box that could be put to use? No, not really.
I have a box, containing a collage vest project, ala Rosemary Eichorn. I took a class at least 5 years ago, got started, and never finished. I pulled it out for a second embellishment class, added some beads, and shoved it back in the box. I've grown (larger) since taking the class. Why spend time on a vest that will not fit if/when finished?
No point, is there? I haven't been motivated, despite loving the fabrics, the theme, and the collage work I'd already done.
And then I had the "aha!" moment. I have a rotary cutter, I have a ruler. Let's see if we can make something useful out of that useless vest. Three hours later, here are the results.
I have always been particularly fond of these frondy sea plants and sea urchins. I don't want to cut it down, it measures 14" in one direction. It will not do for SAQA, but it will do for a project when I need one.
I like the sea turtles too. But to get them all in the frame, I still can't trim it down to 12".
The sea urchins standing alone are also fun. Can't you just see some additional embellishments adding a lot to this understated piece? It measures less than 12".
There were some 5 x 7" pieces that will work for future quilted cards. Useful for me, not for SAQA.
And finally, I took the leftovers and zigzagged them together. I like the look, it's definitely "fiber art," eventually it may be quilted. But it's not big enough for SAQA, and I don't have enough leftovers to make it bigger. It is a fine size, as is.
So there you go. I got inspired by a SAQA deadline AND a UFO. The UFO is definitely on its way to becoming all kinds of fun art quilt project, but a SAQA piece? No, not even close.
Despite my "failure," I'm pretty pleased with myself. Today has been exceptionally productive. woohoo!!