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A re-imagining

"JUST WATCH". It's the whole philosophy behind "Quilting in the Fast Lane". I'm not selling anything. I'm not really even teaching anything. Someone recently called it "music videos for quilters". I like that. Because I'm really only inviting you to this experience to . . . . just watch.

So, it all seemed so appropriate that this year's big quilt and big quilt/lapse production was going to be called; "JUST WATCH". A year of collecting fabric and planning with various city leaders, law enforcement, various merchants, and many people from my own little community, this year's BIG quilt/lapse production was going to be my 'love letter' to Port Townsend, WA. The plan was to shoot ALL OVER town, throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall, using PT as my backdrop. I wanted to involve hundreds, if not thousands of people in town, parks, beaches, farmer's markets, parades, the many festivals, outdoor events, etc. Everywhere people gather in large numbers . . . because that was going to create GREAT background time lapse motion!!! But I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this . . . .

The world-wide Corona virus pandemic of 2020 has changed everyone's plans, including everything I was preparing for "JUST WATCH". So, that's just going to have to be another quilt and another production for another time. Perhaps next year.

But in the meantime, I'm still BUSTING to make this quilt!!! I love this technique, I love these colors, I love the fabric that's been collected and waiting . . . . . . and I LOVE THIS QUILT! So, I'm moving ahead with my plans on completing it this year, along with a new name and a new idea for a quilt/lapse production. It came to me this morning while I was having coffee in my backyard . . .

You've seen it in a few of my last productions . . . . .

Inspiration hit and the ball started rollin'! Since I couldn't really expect to rely on my plans for shooting downtown this year, the only logical conclusion was . . .

Judging from webcam footage from years past, it appears there's always something fun and exciting happening back there . . .

(*when I used to have a webcam up and running, I would create these 'graphic overlays' to place on top of the live feed)

But I digress.

I'll use this year's production to cut my teeth on some new cameras & time lapse equipment. There's going to be some fun and exciting new motion to play around with. I'm (quietly) working on a quilt and video I'll be releasing shortly. I plan on turning the camera in on the production and equipment to present it as a 'behind-the-scenes' type of story. This brief clip will give you a tiny idea of what's to come. For the geeks out there (like me), this moment is using 5 different pieces of equipment to get this one shot;

Things change. That's what I've found about these quilts and these quilt/lapse productions. They're always evolving into something different than what I started with. Particularly last year's project, "MOON PRISM POWER MAKE UP"!

2020 will be about leaving the studio once again.

2020 will be about venturing off the deck.

2020 will be about exploring the backyard.

But most of all,

2020 will be about going . . .


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With the help and generosity of dear friend, Raymond Houston, who sent me some beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabric masks (a cabbage print). . . I'm ready to take on the world! Or at least, fend off Boo & Gilda, here in the studio . . . and all their lick-y ways! Quilting is winding up on "The Complicated Queen", a quilt for my sister-in-law. Only a few more miles of Indigo thread to go!!

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Traditionally (at least for the last 3 years), I've begun my big quilt and quilt/lapse productions on the first day of Spring. I was all ready to go. The last of the 30 yards of fabric had been hunted down, 18 unique pieces in all, locations had been scouted and permissions for their use were granted, people were getting excited about the quilt/lapse project I was proposing and getting ready to start. There was a buzz in the air about all the possibilities. The weather was even cooperating, it was the epitome of spring. "JUST WATCH", the quilt and production was just about to begin. I even had been playing around with some of the fabric earlier just to see how some techniques would work out.

But an unwelcome visitor was coming to stay for a while, and that changed everyone's plans. Including mine.

Heavy sigh.

I've always been a start til you finish, one-quilt-at-a-time, type o' guy. But late last summer, a light bulb went on and enlightened me to the benefits of multiple projects going at once. I finally wised up and joined the ranks of millions of other quilters . . . . and decided to take on more than one project at a time. Namely, to relive boredom, but especially for circumstances like this . . . a coronal viral outbreak. A world wide pandemic. So, while we're all sequestered to our homes for the next few weeks (months?), I've been prepared enough to have at least 4 other quilts in various states of production . . . along with various states of video production to go along with them. Some of these may end up just being little 'mini productions' (unlike the monster that sleeps, pictured above).

I'm breathing life into an old quilt I made for my Father some 30+ years ago, for Father's Day.

I never quilted it, rather opting to tie it down with small strings of red yarn. After last year's (positive) experience with glittery, holographic thread, I thought I'd glitz up this old friend with the same, along with some fancy, experimental quilting ideas and designs.

I've also quietly been working on a quilt this winter for my sister-in-law, Sherry. I say quietly because it was supposed to be a simple little throw she could curl up with on the couch at night. A quick, easy project I could work on while I waited for the weather to warm up and I could get outside to start this year's production.. I wasn't going to make a big deal about it. I wasn't even going to make a quilt/lapse production out of it. But naturally, because I took it on . . . it became much larger and more complicated.

A LOT of fun!!!! But more work than I was anticipating. I'm super excited with how it turned out! (another quilt I'll be sad to part with) The quilt top is done and I'm currently quilting it here at home in the studio. Gilda approves.

Hmmmmm . . .

Maybe I'll sew just one block of "JUST WATCH" . . . . .

You know, just to see what it looks like . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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