Quilt Challenge

Idioms – The Reveal!

There’s no sense beating around the bush, this posting of the latest quilt challenge reveal is quite overdue. Our reveal gathering was a few weeks ago and the theme was Idioms – those expressions whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements. Say what?! In other words, the individual words in a phrase don’t match the conveyed message as a whole. Let me share a humorous anecdote that illustrates this perfectly. A training neonatologist from Romania (shout out to Rodica!) once told me how a friend of hers had described someone as being very “low on the ground” – when her intention was to use the phrase “down to earth…in this case a classic idiom lost in translation. 🙂

And now, since a picture paints a thousand words, here are our quilts for your viewing pleasure.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket – Jean Schultz. This quilt is wonderfully 3-dimensional with stuffed eggs, fabric grass and a real wire basket cut in half!
A Big Fish in a Small Pond – Alison Lerg. The fish scales were created using a built in decorative stitch on Alison’s sewing machine.
Elvis Has Left The Building – Brenda Koepf.
The back of Brenda’s quilts are often as fun as the front – here she used part of an “Elvis” fabric panel.
Candace Winiarski chose lyrics from the Leonard Cohen song “Anthem” for her inspiration. Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in.
Candy covered commercial fabric with Batik wax, then cracked the wax and overpainted with black ink. She used silver mesh for the crack and sewed a mini LED light strand onto the quilt back…voila!
Jill Seese took her turn with our communal fabric project and added some whimsical fish to the green batik squares. 

By not participating in the challenge (which was harder to give up than I thought!) I freed up time for a few other projects. I’m making significant headway on this challenging cathedral window design and I finished my grandson Chase’s portrait. Woot! I’m just showing a small (teaser 😉 )part of the portrait now and will write a full post on it later.

But I digress…back to the quilt challenge. The theme for the next challenge is to create a quilt based on the style or specific work of a famous painter. (I received a comment on my grandson’s portrait that noted it’s “nod to Klimt”…hmm, maybe I’ll be participating).

Until the next reveal, when we again let the cat out of the bag, we’ll all be burning the midnight oil and trying not to bite off more than we can chew working on our quilts. And that’s a wrap for the idiom challenge!


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