Months 4-5:Â As the larger composition takes shape, I am challenged to find â€“ or create âˆ’ the ideal bridge fabrics. I spend as much time searching for fabrics, cutting single pieces from specific fabrics, or painting, stamping, or shopping for the missing pieces.Â I am still teaching, traveling, packing and shipping my teaching equipment from place to place. This process takes a while because I am also teaching others how to make quilts!
Months 6-7:Â When working high on the wall, my step stool and I get a workout! I eventually shift from a step stool to a ladder, and add another 18″ to the top of the design wall. The loose pieces are currently overlapped,Â and I know thatÂ sewing theÂ seams will cause shrinkage. (This photo was taken later in the project â€“ this was a tall project with lots ofÂ “ladder time”!)
Month 8: Once I am happy with all of the fabrics, then I begin sewing diagonal rows of fabric diamonds. I keep the rows in manageable sizes, working one row at a time. Climb the ladder,Â secure all the loose piecesÂ edge-to-edge, climbÂ down, sew the seams, press, climb the ladder and re-position the pieced row. Continue to the next row. An audio book can be my best friend during this process!Â