Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Release Celebration!
Introducing Chapter 12: Deborah and Twelve

I'm closing down this party! Yes, I'm introducing the last chapter from our book Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Thank you so much for reading our twelve posts and celebrating with us! We have enjoyed your insightful comments so much. You'll have until midnight PDT on Thursday, March 17 to comment on any of the Book Release Celebration posts for a chance to win a copy of our book. The book drawing is closed.  Stay tuned for the winner details.
Twelve by Twelve Theme Series by Deborah Boschert

When Terry announced "twelve" as the last theme in our original series, I originally struggled with the idea. Actually, throughout the project, I found myself wrestling with how closely I should adhere to each theme. I didn't want to make quilts that were too obvious, nor did I want to make quilts that appeared to have no relation to the theme. I think I found a good balance with Seven Houses, Five Trees. I wrote more about this struggle and the process of creating the quilt in my chapter in the book.
Seven House, Five Trees by Deborah Boschert

So, for the last day of celebration posts, please tell us: How do you celebrate when you've completed a project?

40 comments:

nicolette said...

It depends on the quilt, but when I’m really happy and satisfied with the result, I celebrate with dreaming of making another more beautiful quilt and with eating some chocolate!

ANNA said...

I love all the previews you have shown - what a fantasitc challenge and book - congrats. I would lvoe a copy of the book

Vicki said...

It takes such a long time from inception to completion, with work that is worth having and I celebrate by showing it to my friends. After that, it will live on the large wall above my desk for a while so I can look at it and reflect on the process

Sharon said...

Hey there thank you for all the insights into the book. When I finish my quilt basically that is when I show it but personnaly right after I finish it lays on a area of my house that is big enough for it whether it is the Dinging room table of the back of a chair, where I can see it in all of its glory for 1 day before I take it anywhere. To me that is my personal viewing and soaking up on the fun and work I put into it. Then I can show it or give it away whatever the occasion is.

lag123 said...

I immediately get started on another project. I can't wait!


lag110 at mchsi dot com

JB said...

I don't have an actual celebration, but have an immense feeling of pleasure and accomplishment when a creation is finally completed.

Ruth said...

Usually I feel a sense of let-down rather than celebration. And that seems to grow with each one. Not that I am unhappy with the results, as I am still at the stage where I can see that each quilt was a step up from the one before, but I ask myself why I keep doing this. Why create quilts that join a pile of finished works that I don't have enough wall space to display and yet don't feel ready to start selling - as I am at a loss as to how to start doing that.

Leanne said...

When I finish a quilt project, I try to celebrate by placing the finish in my memory - maybe by giving it to someone special or photographing it or putting it in its new place. Something to remember the finish long into the future. That and chocolate is always a good addition! I would love a copy of your book, it is beyond amazing!

Melissa said...

I usually sing a fanfare (ta dah!) and show my husband. I also will do this if I finish a block or something else that I'm proud of.

Connie Rose said...

I photograph it, blog about it, then move on to the next one!

Janet said...

I photograph the quilt and show it off and if I am not working on another already begin the process of deciding what will be next.

Betsy5963 said...

I take it to my art quilt group to show them and I smile a lot -- a whole lot!

gill said...

Start another!!

Dotti said...

I photograph it, post it on my blog, share it at guild meetings and begin to look forward to the next project!

Jeannie said...

Clean up the workshop! LOL! If I don't clean up right away, then it sits and the mess multiplies like dust bunnies. Then, a trip to Starbucks!

CarolynPhi said...

Deborah and all the Twelves:

I have so enjoyed traveling along on with you on this little Book Release Celebration journey!!!

I finished reading the last chapter of your book at 1:42 a.m. this morning and want to share with you how much I enjoyed it!

My understanding of the birthing of an "art quilt" is so much deeper now, and I think the most important lesson I've learned is that we need to give ourselves permission to express ourselves fully without fear of criticism.

There is a feeling of deep satisfaction and joy, as well as a release of tension, at the completion of an art quilt. We put so much of ourselves into these little creations; it's a catharsis of sorts to leave it behind.

Posting the completed quilt on our blog, The Baker's Dozen, is the celebration!

Carolyn in SoCal

Createology said...

I celebrate by either giving it as the gift it was intended to be or by posting it on my blog or by beginning the very next project. Your 12x12 is very interesting and I love your interpretation of 12. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories and for this opportunity to win a copy of your new book. Happy Spring and Birds Who Sing...

Carla said...

Pump my fist and say, "I did it."

Bev said...

By finding it very hard to let go of my project that I have put hours of thought, love and care into making!! Then its on to the next one.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Of course I celebrate! I photograph the quilt, have my DH come in and view it and then we toast the project with a glass of wine and a nice dinner!

Anonymous said...

Never thought about a celebration. Depending on the quilt it goes to its new owner, waits to be gifted or goes into my closet of completed projects waiting to find its new owner,
and then on to another one
Marsha in Va Beach

Beverly said...

Hang it on my design wall, photograph it, and maybe stand back a minute and enjoy the feeling of completion. I like Barbara's idea of toasting it with a glass of wine!!

SunnyTechGirl said...

I'm another one that likes to clean everyhing up and leave my sewing room spotless and organized. Then I sit back and admire my project in all its glory.

wlstarn said...

Chocolate! Of course, there are a lot of things I celebrate with a little chocolate. :-)

Margherita said...

Great work all of you. Celebrate by, enjoying item hanging on the wall and gathering material ready for next project. It's all so exciting

Patty Ashworth said...

You go girls! I check back once in a while to see what you-all have made. It's great!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I put it on my blog! I put it on the wall, and look at it, contemplate what I learned, why I did what I did, what I missed, and what I might do different~if anything. I love how many pieces I do are stepping stones to greater skills, as well as a celebration of being free to create in any way!

Vivien Zepf said...

Celebration depends on how "successful" I feel the finished piece is, but eating ice cream and cookies covers the whole spectrum of emotions -- from disappointment to glee!

Exuberant Color said...

If it is a small piece it gets pinned to the design wall opposite my sewing machine so I look up and admire it a lot.

Edna Ocket said...

presenting the finished piece and a homemade cake at the next bee!

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

Clean up the scraps and start on another one that has been waiting for the chance to get started.

Renate said...

I grab a wine glass, some red wine, sit in my easy chair and say "One down, so many more to go, Yay!!" Then depending on the size of the piece, either sleep under the quilt, or drape it over my couch until I either take it to Guild to show and then donate, or give to a friend or relative for them to enjoy.

RobbinNeff said...

I celebrate my completed project by picking up another and trying to get it near completion. I have so many seeds for the future (formerly known as UFOs), it is motivating to move forward as each is completed.

What Comes Next? said...

The creating has no doubt given me dozens of new ideas so I'm off to get started on the next. (Unfortunately, more often than not I get started on the next great idea before the first is finished!)

magsramsay said...

Take photos , hang over the banister, move onto the next project.It's the process of problem solving and making I enjoy most.

jennispatch said...

As I have so many ideas for my next project I delve into my stash and just fondle and rearrange my fabrics and decide if I need to purchase anything to compliment what I have. This is my treat for completing a project.

oregonjudy said...

I usually hang my quilt on my design wall so I can walk by and catch glimpses of it...then start the next project that's been waiting.

Beth said...

I take pictures and share them. I love the positive feedback and the feeling that we're knit together in creativity.

linda said...

Take photos & post on my blog, maybe find a place to hang it or leave it where i can see it for a while.

Helen from Hobart said...

Take a photo
Show to my friends here in Hobart
Show to my friends elsewhere on the internet

Pat myself on the back that I have actually finished it with edging, label and sleeve - cos I do have a little pile without those finishing touches !

Start frenzied work on the next.