Tuesday, August 19, 2014

9th finish for 2014 - "Where's Jimmy?"

The "Where's Jimmy?" quilt is now done! To recap the story behind this quilt - my brother worked for Jimmy Buffet for 3+ years. I got to meet the wardrobe lady several time and we would talk sewing. She would send boxes of pieces of fabric home with my brother to give to me. She was downsizing the amount of clothing she was hauling from concert to concert and these yellow pants where added to the fabrics pieces. After wondering what to do with these pants for years, I finally decided to make this quilt. The quilt is improvisationally pieced with commercial prints, batiks, and my hand dyed fabrics. I entered this quilt in the Akron Art Prize 2014.

I took a half day vacation to get it finished and I am so glad I did. It took me longer than I thought to get all the loose thread and lint off, stitch the rod pocket, put on the label, and modify the wood for the hanger. Here is the quilt laying on my table. I needed to press and steam the bottom of the quilt to flatten it out and it looks much better now.

I didn't shove the hanging rod in it yet, but it is varnished and ready to go.

The label - I took a picture of the autographed picture my brother had gotten for me, printed it out on the laser jet, and added my info.

I found a sheet that is almost big enough to wrap the quilt in for transporting.

After work I have to take it to a place that will professionally photograph it for free and download it on a jump drive for me. They will use the picture in the slide show of all the art in the competition. After the photography, I will head to the gallery to hang it.

One thing the Art Prize is asking for is an artist's profile. I have no idea of what I should say. I would appreciate your input!

This event runs Sept. 6 to Oct. 4 when the public's votes are tallied and the six top vote getters are revealed.


Vicki W said...

It's fantastic! Congrats on another big finish!

In you artist statement I think you should talk about how music influences your quilting. Not just for this quilt but for all of your work.

Exuberant Color said...

It really is a lot of work to do the last details to prepare a quilt for hanging in a show. Your quilt turned out great. That is great to get a professional photo of it too.

Artist's profiles are hard to write. You definitely need to mention that you design your own quilts.

QuiltSwissy said...

OHHH! LOVE IT! hey remember maybe last year when I was talking about an artist's statement? let me find some of those sites. That should be helpful to you.

I keep one fairly updated. Although I am not sure I can put my hands on the file. I think I lost some stuff in the infamous iCloud/Son-in-law fiasco.