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!
My SewBatik Challenge quilt is shipping out to the National Quilting Association annual quilt show tomorrow morning. H2O is the name I’ve given the quilt. The theme of the show is Going Green! I chose an ocean waves pattern for the design and stitched together four blocks. I did modify the look by placing white triangles in the outside corners of the blocks. These corner blocks have sayings and statistics written on them about water and the effects of using bottled water.
The FMQ was completed over several weeks. I used two quilting designs from The Free Motion Quilting Project by Leah Day. I chose two different patterns on her blog and incorporated them into the quilt. The first design is pebble ripples and is worked into the center of the quilt. I quilted waves in the blue triangles of the HST (half square triangles), making a curve from one corner of the triangle to another. Lastly, I added underwater rocks in each of the white HST sections.
I used four different blue batiks to make the ocean waves blocks. The lower left batik is the challenge fabric. The center fabric is a paisley design called blue green karachi by Modern Quilt Studio. I purchased a packet of fabrics from their booth at the AQS show in Grand Rapids last August. The colors fit perfectly with my design idea and I was able to match four batiks pulled from my stash. I used Aurifil 50 wt. thread for the piecing and quilting. Here is a closeup of the center.
I found a quote about water that I added to the quilt. It speaks to the necessity of water. The remaining corners have statistics written in them culled from online about the cost of and waste from consuming bottled water. Writing on the quilt proved to be challenging. It can be nerve racking thinking about writing on a quilt. One night, I finally took the leap and calculated the spacing for the words. After the first stokes of the pigma pen, I completed each one until finished. My quilting stretched the edges of the quilt, so that some of the letters were lost when stitching on the binding. But, I am still pleased with the results. I’ve never made a perfect quilt and I am my own worst critic.
This quilt will hang at the show in Columbus, Ohio from May 23-25, 2014. It will then travel around the country to various locales as a part of a traveling quilt exhibit. My last entry travelled to seven locations, including Oklahoma, Oregon, Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Nevada.
If you’re in Columbus for the NQA show, check out the SewBatik Challenge display. I am always amazed at the creative ideas that others come up with to make these 20-inch square quilts. Now, I off to place the quilt in a ziploc bag and place tags on everything for shipping.