winner winner, maple syrup dinner!

What? AS EVERYONE KNOWS, breks for dinner is one of the best dinners you can eat.

So, things have been super busy and I’m pretty belated in reporting this, but my challenge quilt won a gold star at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts!

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts 2015

I was going out of town for work later in the day, but I was able to sneak over to the quilt show right as it opened that morning. There were some really nice quilts in the show, and the challenge quilts were all very different, which was neat.

I just love this 1930s-inspired fabric:
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts 2015

The limited color palette of this quilt is really appealing:
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts 2015

The Spring Fling challenge quilts were all about the same size, which I found interesting. They were required to be 60-100″ in perimeter, but the fact that several of us came up with pretty much the exact same size surprised me.
2015 Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts - Spring Fling challenge quilts

So, not only did I win a gold star, but I also won some maple syrup and maple candy!
Best portrayal of Spring Fling theme:gold

So cool! I feel really pleased to have won a thing on my first try!

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no-longer-a-WIP Wednesday

Finally, a WIP is complete! And just in the nick of time.

This is the Spring Fling quilt, which I made for the quilt show this weekend at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. Last year I picked up one of the little kits they had which included instructions/rules and an 8×8″ square of fabric to be incorporated into the quilt. The challenge theme is spring fling, which I used as the name of this quilt.

Spring Fling quilt

I decided that this would be another Blythe-inspired quilt (I’m hoping to make a series of these) and that I would use themes of feminism and nature as well.

Spring Fling quilt

I crowned the figure with a wreath of butterflies. This is inspired by this painting, as well as by the fact that butterflies are symbols of spring and renewal.

Spring Fling quilt

The center of focus is the robin’s next the figure is holding in front of her on a tray. This is meant to echo advertising images from the middle of the 20th century: a woman serving, dressed in a traditionally feminine dress with apron, offering a tangible object as an item of value. All the quilting lines on the main body background radiate out from this nest. The idea of the egg-containing nest being the most valued item is also a statement on our society’s insistence that a woman’s value is directly tied to her ability/desire to have children.

Spring Fling quilt

I also added butterflies as a 3D element. They are emerging, flying as if from the figure, and they are adhered by their bodies only (this may not translate well in these photos), so the wings are free and stand out from the main body of the quilt.

This quilt, as well as my larger Figure and Flock quilt, will be on display at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival – Festival of Quilts show this Saturday, with, presumably, a lot of other great quilts. Check it totally out!

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WIP Wednesday: spring is looking springy

My little art quilt is coming along! Fittingly, too, since it is really starting to feel like spring is on the way. Last I posted, I had things mostly figured out and pinned in place.

Sewing again! WIP: Regeneration art quilt

Looking pretty good.

WIP: Regeneration art quilt

I then got the butterfly crown arranged. I ended up using a fairly limited number of butterflies because I liked the final look better than a more crowded crown.

WIP: Regeneration art quilt

Then I started to figure out how I wanted to handle the eggs on the tray she’s holding. I was thinking deviled eggs and was toying with the idea of some embroidery techniques to create the deviled yolks.

WIP: Regeneration art quilt

I cut out a bunch of tiny eggs, but decided I didn’t like the way it was coming together, and I had a brainstorm of another angle I could take. More on that next time!

WIP: Regeneration art quilt

I also got the flower blossoms sewn on. I’ll likely go back and thread paint some stems and leaves on them in a fresh, bright spring green.

I’m feeling pretty good about this project! Being on a deadline has lit a little fire under me, and hopefully that keeps going.

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