Progress: (noun) forward or onward movement toward a destination.
Do you recall hearing about the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago with the theme of Century of Progress? During the Great Depression, women from all over entered quilts into the largest contest ever held. Fast forward to 2017 and women all over are entering quilts into contests. The competition is stiff. I recently received my AQ magazine with winners from the Daytona Beach QuiltWeek. Fabulous quilts. The piecing, quilting, and artistry are just amazing.
So, why would someone like me consider entering a quilt into such a contest? Not everyone will win and I hardly expect to take home a prize. But, there is just something about sharing quilts, at all levels. My progress towards entering a quilt into an AQS contest is slow, but I did begin the machine quilting, stitching in the ditch around the blocks. I will need to step up my quilting over the next two weeks, if I expect to finish in time to enter in the GR show. Here’s my quilting area setup.
For those that read last week’s post on my Singer sewing machines, you may have wondered why I didn’t show a pic of my Bernina. Well, here it is. I purchased it in 2004, so it’s an older model. But, I love using it. Below are the blocks that I began stitching around. Not much to see. And, I continue to toss around ideas in my head about how to quilt the blocks.
I also made progress on my applique project. I finished the Teacup block, pictured here with the only other finished block, Hearts.
I love the teacup fabric and the coordinating orange heart fabric. These two fabrics, plus the large heart fabric, are from the Passport collection by Weeks Ringle over at Modern Quilt Studio. I picked up a fat quarter bundle from her booth at an AQS show. I finally decided to dip into the stash and use them in this quilt.
So, I am moving forward toward my destination of finishing my quilts.
Until next week…Happy Stitching!