i'm pleased to report that i came up with a solution in the wee hours of the morning; make other quilts that are a different size and put those in the show!
here's the first one:
it's only 4.5 inches square, but i will mat it to fit a 16x20 inch frame - i happen to looooove large mats on small works. all the other pieces in the show will be either 16x20, too, or 18x24.
i've pretty much decided on the work - 14 pieces and a large textile hanging. a few are complete, but the others need to be tweaked or started. i had a bit of an anxiety attack last night when i realized it's july and i need to complete everything and do all the matting and framing myself - all in time to hang the show 3 august. yikes.
i'm really pleased with what i have so far - they all go together well in theme, coloring, medium. i've seen a bit of the other artist's ceramic pieces and they are quite interesting - and i think it will be a pretty cohesive show. hope so!