Or maybe that should be "lack of progress."
Mostly I've just been thinking, which is ok, I suppose.
I have come to the conclusion that I don't want to tell a story with my quilt. I don't want to create something that is necessarily obvious to the viewer. I don't want to feel obligated to go in a certain direction. What I do want is to be loosely inspired by our theme. I want to feel free to take a small nugget of the concept and then twist and turn into around into something that might be unrecognizable -- but still art. That's what I want to make: art. I want to use the elements that I love: surface design, handwriting, improvisational embroidery, fusible applique, layers, sheers, unexpected embellishment, abstractness.
I asked my best friend Lucy what she thinks of what I say "shelter." She said she thinks of an adirondack shelter. I had never heard the term. She explained it to me (a three sided, roofed structure used by backpackers on long hikes). And I found this stunning image.
Isn't it beautiful? The lines, the leaves, the rocks, the color palette? Now I must take this inspiration and mix it up with my own style and see what happens.