not really a political kinda of chick. Not that I don't have my strong beliefs on what is right and wrong in this country. . . . I just don't feel the need to post on Facebook about them or write long blog posts commenting on them. Still while researching different redwork themes, I was really struck by the number of signs in this country. I mean they are everywhere and they say nearly everything and I could just read and read and read them. Therefore, the leap from using signs as a theme for my quilt to piggybacking a social commentary on top of that wasn't too hard.
Now that said, how was I going to do that?? My friend Julia reminded me that I could easily make my own redwork patterns using tracing paper and then using some of the ole skol carbon paper we used to use for quilt patterns. Of course, now I had gone from this quickie traditional pattern project that I was going to do on the side, to a full blown art project where I was doing all the designing again. Sighhhhhh . . . . the life of an Art Quilter.
Once I resigned myself that I was going to design it, the ideas came fast and furious. I used pinterest to help me put together inspiration and did a ton of research. I really don't think that Jane Public realizes how much research is behind a good art piece. I'm still researching!
Of course, I do have a good start on the project's patterns. Not to mention, I was going to show them today but then I thought I would just post them one by one as I do them. I mean why spoil the surprise???? So here is my first pattern. I plan on doing them on a nice solid with a muted thread - not red - but maybe a good charcoal color or just plain black. We'll see how busy I am at work and how much I get done this week on it!
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