Update on the 1 Million Mile Quilted Postcard Challenge: Requests are in, and the opportunity to register for a card in March is closed. April will be a special month. Watch for details on my post next week.
This time I was going to get it right. Last week I talked about Challenge Plan A, which was shredded. It was back to the drawing board – something simple, something where the 2 fabrics I had to use were the focus.
For a review of the challenge: It was to create an art quilt with a circumference of at least 80″ using the 2 fabrics provided plus a max of 5 other fabrics. No theme.
Several years ago I reclaimed an old cottage window and did a stained glass mosaic piece that lives in our gazebo. It is a simple picture of a lake, trees and rock – a fairly typical eastern Manitoba scene. In that case, the glass did all the work. Could I do something similar with fabric?
The blue fabric could obviously be the water. The rocks would be done in several shades of grey. Instead of a sun, wouldn’t small slivers of green on a dark background make nice northern lights? All I needed was a green/brown fabric for the distant shoreline.
My first task was the sky. I divided it into sections, mapped out the northern lights on paper and started sewing. The first section turned out pretty good so I kept going. At this point it may be worth mentioning that my experience with paper piecing is minimal at best. It wasn’t long before I realized that it takes a lot of fabric! My curved northern lights turned into a single row. The drawings went out the window. I continued with the single row until I ran out of sky fabric.
At this point I also realized that my picture would not meet the minimum 80″ circumference requirement. What does a quilter do when their quilt is too small? Right. You add a border. I did the required calculations, added the water and first layer of rocks, and then the border. I still thought it could work. The rocks in the foreground could spill over on to the border, creating a 3-D effect.
The distant shore was next. How hard could it be to free motion some crude looking trees? It would need at least 3 three thread colours – brown, dark green and light green for highlights. I never got to the light green. After breaking 3 needles within 2″, I gave up on the idea.
I carried on quilting the water, the rocks and then the sky. With each step I was becoming less and less happy. In the eyes of this beholder it was ugly. And it was decision time. Should I hand in something embarrassing? Should I admit defeat with this challenge and bow out? Or should I go with a third attempt? If I went with the latter, there were only 2 weeks to finish and 3″ of blue fabric left.
As for my options, I decided to try again. Plan C will be talked about next week.