Just in case you think I never actually finish anything, here's a photo of a piece I made last year for a textile book round robin. The theme was "Above, the Vaulted Sky" from the poem by John Clare.
After a few sidetracks, I finally made Palolo Sunrise, based on photographs my husband took at Salamumu in Western Samoa in November 1983, the day of the palolo rising. Once a year, as the sun rises, the coral worms rise from the reef to mate and the locals are ready, with their mosquito net scoops, to catch them to eat as a delicacy. The sky was a luminous gold and apricot; the land a study in greys and greens, and the reef black with tiny figures. My inspiration came from the photos David took that day. Palolo? Tastes like watery caviar to me, but I can see it's probably an acquired taste!
I printed the photo and used it as a guide to add the basic shapes and proportions. I painted the background with Setacolor paints, attached it to Timtex and backing, and free-motion stitched the details of the land, the people and the water. The whole process took about a month. (You've heard about watching paint dry?)