This one had me way outside my comfort zone. Provided with two packs of solid fat quarters and told the winning criteria would be the best use of the fabric provided. The finished project is my original design with a vintage meets modern twist. My inspiration was an English cottage garden with its winding pathways and riots of colorful flowers in no particular order. Appliqued art deco style trumpet tulips make up the corner blocks on the borders. I had this fabulous idea for machine quilting, but when time came to execute the idea, there was a failure to launch. It looked awful. Much reverse sewing took place, including many a decorative stitch. In the end (and up against a deadline) I wound up simply ditch quilting on the body (very busy riot of color) and free form vines in the borders. Know what? It works. That’s one reason I was attracted to the modern quilt movement…simple quilting is fine. The simple quilt design mantra is also one Kaffe Fassett preaches in his classes.
After a brief trip out to run a couple of pressing errands, it’s back to binding. We have to keep our challenge entries under wraps until the end of next week, but here’s a closeup of one of the tulip blocks:
So I received my potholder swap partner’s info. Hmmm. Perhaps that red coffeepot I stitched during my l-o-n-g journey home from New Hampshire would go well with the red, aqua and white color scheme requested. Think I have a FQ of Moda in the stash that I picked up during Shop Hop this spring. That would look good on the back with a red/aqua/white stripe around the embroidery. Will set it in a square within a square design. Swap partner also said she likes orangey-red. Hmmm. Will have to consult the paint chips @ HD to find an orangey-red I can use as a guide.
Yesterday, I dropped off Boomer, changed out of my R.E.A.D. gear, loaded up the SUV and headed north about an hour to our designated retreat location. One of our members lives in a large planned community with a sprawling clubhouse complex. We rented one of the meeting rooms for the day. For $30/person, it was a huge room with plenty of space for the two dozen or so attendees.
I came in half-way through the day, so I missed the first round of the Left-Center-Right game and apparently a fabulous bag-making class. I arrived around 3 p.m. and immediately got to work on the chili pepper table runner kit I’d brought with me. I chuckled as I saw the mounds of things my fellow quilters had brought with them. We have some serious overachievers in our midsts. I managed to get all of the pieces cut and the 60 half-square triangles made for my table runner, plus assemble almost an entire block. I sewed something in backwards that necessitates removing about half of the stitching. I’ll correct it and set the table runner aside to work on at our sew-in on Thursday night @ Tiny Stitches.
I daresay everyone enjoyed the chance to work on projects uninterrupted and be surrounded by like-minded fabric enthusiasts. I returned home very tired, but with my creative batteries recharged. I broke through the creative block I’d been suffering from for the past two weeks. You see, my Kona challenge quilt top is complete except for the four trumpet tulip applique blocks I’d planned to use in the corners. Foundation paper piecing didn’t look right, but I knew those blocks would really add some oomph to my overall quilt design. I simplified the design and proceeded to satin stitch those flower parts down. Fortunately, I had coordinating shades of Sulky thread in the stash. Tomorrow, I will attach the borders and pin baste the top.
It’s obvious from the pictures taken at the Library Island event and our quilt retreat that yours truly needs to seriously lose some weight. I’m not real happy with the latest reading on the scale or my BMI either. So, it’s work in the sewing room for an hour a day during my peak craving time (4:30-5:30 p.m.) to keep me out of the kitchen. A win-win. I don’t munch mindlessly and my sewing projects get finished.