It’s been a month since my last post, and I no longer feel like I’m sinking. It was a productive month!
So, my Temperature quilt is looking rather blue…
I may be the ONLY person in Winnipeg wishing for colder temps just so that I can add some purple! There were only 2 days in January that were in the minus 30 range.
Two Challenge quilts were finished. The first is called ‘Cat & Mouse Games’. Nothing spectacular, but done. The challenge was to use 3 fabrics provided (green, purple, blue), plus a max of 5 more. There was no theme.
My playful addition was to quilt the following phrases into the border:
- Catch me if you can,
- Run for your life,
- No where to hide, and
- That’s what you think.
This mini-quilt will be auctioned off at our Quilt Show with all proceeds going to a local charity. I hope someone likes it well enough to purchase it.
The second challenge was harder but ended up more fun. The theme was ‘Gateway to Adventure’. We had to use (ugly) forest green and only three other fabrics. To ‘stretch’ my fabric choice, I used silk fusion, and did some thread work.
In this case, I decided to use a conceptional approach. I thought of life events that can be considered an adventure – marriage, divorce, having a baby, a career, graduation, spirituality, quilting, travel, or a move.
To illustrate the concept, I created a courtyard where a person could continue to walk in circles until they decided to step through a door to start their new adventure.
What is behind Door #1? – #9? I decided to call this piece ‘Your Adventure, Your Choice’. My playful addition in this case was to FMQ the examples of life adventures given above to the back of each door.
All of the challenge quilts will be displayed at the next meeting and a winner chosen by vote. The winning quilt will be our provincial rep at the National Canadian Quilt Show, and then go on tour.
Amazon Star is back from the quilter. She did an amazing job selecting designs for the quilt. My only regret is on the fabric I selected for the back. It is a white batik, with a design painted on. Very pretty, but difficult. Here is a sneak peak of the back…
Quilting on the Circle Game is also done, done, done! Almost 300 hours of micro and big-stitch quilting. Another back view…
Now it is on to the binding. I will give pictures, credits and more info of both quilts after judging in April.
Ken’s Kitchen was also busy in January. He prepared some delicious meals, and sent recipes for the following:
- grilled pork with lemongrass
- luscious lemon bars
- orecchiette with sausage ragu
- roasted chicken herbs tomatoes
I hope to touch base with you again at the end of February. Keep quilting and creating!