|52 Ways to Look at the River, weeks 1 - 52|
The are shown here pinned up on a design board in sequential order, left to right, top to bottom. My next step is to assemble them permanently into a quilt or quilts. I am currently experimenting with placement and attachment methods.
I started out with a commitment to the basic format and the weekly adventure, but left the rest to develop as time went along. As you can see, the first pieces were loose and abstract, but they quickly evolved into increasingly realistic representations. This is very evident in the final four:
|52 Ways to Look at the River, week 49|
|52 Ways to Look at the River, week 50|
|52 Ways to Look at the River, week 51|
|52 Ways to Look at the River, week 52|
* A project of this size and scope is a very worthwhile endeavor. I underestimated how much time and mental energy this project would take, but it was still worth it.
* I have a strong work ethic (I already knew this!)
* My initial premise, that the Susquehanna is beautiful in every season and from all different vantage points, proved to be true. I visited a few spots more than once, and saw something new every time.
* I benefited personally from building an improved mental map of how all the overlooks, bridges, dams, and etc, in and around Lancaster and York counties fit together.
* I also built up mad needlefelting skills. Many weeks I picked my inspiration photo, then completely panicked on how to proceed.....the key was to just dive in and and try things. There were no do-overs.
* Once again I am very grateful to the Lancaster County Conservancy, the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage organization, and everyone else who works to procure and preserve access to the river.
* First and foremost, I want to permanently assemble the panels.
* I want to investigate what it would take to turn the project into a book. I am also considering making prints of the panels available. Both of these ventures are new for me, and will require exploration.
* I have several large quilts that have languished while my attention was on the river, and I'm going to take the time to finish them.
* I have a complete website re-build in the works, and want to finish that up as well.
* I have two or three excellent ideas for another long-term project. I'm going to take the time to wrap up the loose ends mentioned above, and to do some experimenting with the new concepts, before committing. I knew going into 52 Ways to Look at the River that I was facing a relatively quiet year, but the year ahead is more complex and I want to plan realistically.
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