Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!! It’s that time again! The time of year when we can cuddle under quilts while we check out hundreds and hundreds of talented quilters and what they have to show off! This is the most inspiring time of year. To see how other artists interpret color and design. And the very messiest time of year for my desktop! You *know* you know what I’m talking about.
You’d think that since I knew this was coming I wouldn’t be quilt number 188 to be posted, LOL!
While all the designers, authors and others involved in the quilt industry get together at quilt market to introduce their new products, Amy, over at amyscreativeside.com, hosts a virtual quilt festival. A place where anyone wanting to join in on the fun can link up to share their work! Follow the link above, over to Amy’s blog, if you’d like to seriously be inspired.
Deciding which quilt to share with literally hundreds, last year over 700, very talented people, who do the same thing you do, can be very intimidating. It was a tough decision. So many quilts, so many stories. I decided to go with Sam’s quilt, “Shoot for the Moon” which I made in the winter/spring of 2010.
It was made as a graduation quilt, for my niece. I have been fascinated with creating quilts with circles for a long time. I can’t say how many I have finished but this is one of my most recent favorites. I drew from my vast collection of batiks, only needing to buy the yellow for the backing and the deep purple for the binding. I have a love/hate relationship with creating with what I already own. I love almost every new fabric I see and I hate that I don’t own them….
Then I started cutting. I used the floor that adjoins my studio as my design *wall*. I was constantly trying different squares in different spots then cutting new ones, until I hit on the look I was going for. It was one of the messier quilts I have ever put together.
Finally with an agreeable layout, by all who walked past, I was ready for the best inner thigh and ab workout on the planet, *The pinning of the quilt*. You know what I’m talking about!
And the hand quilting begins. I *love* these colors. They talk to me.
And when the finished quilt is all washed and comes out of the dryer all warm and crinkly I am always in awe that *it* worked! My plan came together and worked. My latest is always my favorite, but this one has stuck with me. Not literally, but there are invisible strings attached…
Finished and ready for gifting.
~Shoot for the Moon~
~HS Graduation 2010
64″x 72″ machine pieced, hand quilted, with love.
Now click on that link above and see all the other goodies out there!