I visited my best mate from uni earlier in the week and as usual we got talking about where we're at (or not!) with our work. It's something that I really miss from uni - another person's view point and some constructive criticism. I gave her my honest opinion about her latest work and she reciprocated and gave me some good ideas. I took her advice and looked back at my mill memories project from uni for inspiration on what to do with my quilt. (Cheers Jody!)
I based the project on the recorded memories of Huddersfield mill workers, in particular I was interested in how memories might become embedded in the fabric of a building and I used part of a a quote to form the whole basis of my project.
Luckily being the hoarder that I am, I still had most of the research work. It struck me as soon as I put it all on the wall how similar the colours and shapes are to my quilt.
I used this to do some very quick drawing work...
I've decided to chop out a large section of my quilt and apply it to a large piece of heavy woven cream cotton. I'll then use the patterns I've found when drawing to hand stitch over the whole cloth and embroider the extended version of the quote that I used before. I'll also try to incorporate the old image of the mill workers. The way I see it is that there's no way I'm entering it as it is at the moment, so if it doesn't work then I've not really lost anything except the tenner entry fee.