I made some progress on the hand stitching for this flag quilt over the weekend. I debate each addition of detail with these questions:
- Is it worth the effort?
- Am I adding detail for a reason?
- When does decoration move the piece away from meaning?
While channeling my inner Jasper Johns, Betsy Ross and Faith Ringgold, I am also watching the news about personal freedoms, states rights and race relations. The raggedness of this piece feels right for the era in which we are living. Does it seem to you that we are hanging be a thread? Unraveling?
How much should I tidy up?