Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is holding its annual conference this year in Santa Fe. Whoopee is all I have to say! Never having been there and having to listen to all of Deb’s ravings about the place – not to mention a blog post about the Folk Art Market – I can’t wait. I’m also looking forward to the “Santa Fe Spotlight,” the little benefit auction that will be held there. It looks like I’ll be able to bid on almost 50 matted pieces that are app. 4″ x 6.” Deb made her auction pieces a while ago (she’s so quick, that one) and encouraged me to make a high-tech quilt, too. Well, you know how you sit there and sit there and you’re just not feeling the love? At the same time, I had been toying with the idea of seeing whether or not I could actually make a batik watercolor quilt like the one we had made for a commission to fit into a 4″ x 6″ mat opening, so I decided to try that. Well, it wasn’t easy! We usually work with 2 1/2″ squares, but this time I used 1/2″ squares. Boy, did my eyes get buggy. The hardest part was trying to make the colors move in such a short amount of space. I also used multi-colored thread to quilt it, and I liked the effect. You’ll have to click on the image to see the thread and the actual size.
Deb kept seeing the desert, but for me it was like looking out from the jungle into the light. You can see whatever you like in it! Hope some of you make it to the SAQA conference in April.