Goodness! When we started our Twelve by Twelve challenge back in the fall of 2007, we had no idea that it would bring us to where we are. 288 12-inch square quilts... 60 20x12 inch quilts... A book... Magazine articles ... Exhibits all over the world... Friends and fans who know our work and have emailed us and come up to us at shows to tell us how we've inspired them... Opportunities to lecture and teach... Challenge groups modeled after ours... It has been an amazing 5 years.
I think all of us would say that, for all of the fun and inspiration we've experienced over this period, the best part has been the community we have formed together. We've not just become art partners to share our creative passions, explorations and frustrations -- we've become fast friends. Some of us haven't met in person, but we've discovered that that little fact hardly matters. We KNOW each other, and we are well and truly bonded by this experience.
We've just concluded the five 12x20 inch challenge set. As always, Brenda has done an amazing job of putting the images together on our website, and you can see them all together here.
But that brings us to now, and the question we keep getting:
Well, we're working on that. We have decided a few things. We do not want to do periodic challenges the way we have been. We want to work in a larger size. Some of us may not continue, needing to turn their creative energies to a different direction. But many of us are dedicated to doing SOMETHING together. We just haven't yet nailed down the specifics.
So while Twelve by Twelve as you've seen us may be changing, rest assured that we don't plan on disbanding or disappearing totally. We're evolving.
Watch this space. We will keep you posted.