After discarding my first two ideas I had for this theme, I landed on the vision of a clock face. A clock has a “twelve” on it, so that’s where my sketches started. I drew a round shape for the clock and added the numbers around the outside. I somehow wanted to associate each number with each theme throughout the past two years (has it been two years already?).
I divided the circle into twelve sections. In each section I embroidered the corresponding name and theme. At this point I was still envisioning a clock so my first sketch included the clock hands and they pointed to the twelve.
At some point the two clock hands became one hand, a single pointer. At first I was thinking I would somehow add this pointer with color, either thread or paint. As I was working on the embroidered names, I came upon the idea that it should be a real clock hand and I’d worry about how to attach it later. Then my thoughts moved onto a game spinner. The more I worked on my quilt, the more it resembled a piece from a board game. But I didn’t know what to use for the spinner and how it could be attached so it would spin.
Well my thoughts then turned into a discussion with my husband. After some brainstorming and searching for something to use as a spinner, we landed upon the almost 15-year-old thermometer that was attached to our garden shed. The plastic face of the thermometer had yellowed and aged so much over time that it was hard to even read it anymore. So off the shed it came and was dismantled. Perfect spinner!
My husband helped me install the spinner so that it would work. Doesn’t this look like a fun game?
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About Twelve by Twelve
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.