Our show allows for quilts to be entered that aren't quite finished. The show entry is early in January and the quilts were due at the beginning of last week, or about 46 days to finish final details. This does not mean that you should enter four quilts that are not yet quilted - especially when one is a queen size quilt!
|Indigo Quilt in A Box|
This became the bane of my existence. The blocks where all quilted by the end of January and then I struggled getting them sewn together. If I had more time, this process could have been done better and some of the quilting issues I experienced when quilting the sashing could have been avoided. Also the weekend I put the border on was not pleasant as I made every rookie mistake possible. But it is done. I really do not have the proper work-space or lighting to handle such a large quilt and it will be a long time (maybe forever) before I work on such a large piece again.
The second quilt, Marsh Isle One, actually had some quilting done - but I was very unhappy with the direction it was going. The design was too busy for an already busy background and the tension was awful. So not only did I quilt this quilt in the above mentioned 46 days - but removed all the previous quilting as well.
|Marsh Isle One|
Number three quilt is the whole cloth, Bloom.
And as Monty Python would say - and now for something completely different:
|Dancing Off the Wall|
I challenged myself to create a 3-D piece that could hang from a regular sleeve. All the fabric is my own hand dyed. I struggled with the final construction as the piece is top heavy and wants to fall forward. I was working on a solution when I simple ran out of time. The three pieces at the top are more blue than white - but this was the best photo I managed to take at the show. This is a concept that will be revisited in a future work.
In addition to the four show quilts, I also finished three baby quilts, made a top for an upcoming class and finished the work on my first two patterns that debuted at the show. As this is getting long I will show them next post.
Major lessons - don't enter what isn't finished and allow plenty of time for the final details!