It’s a new year and a new quilt challenge – well, sort of! Three months ago each of us revealed the first quilt in our own individual, uniquely themed, three-part challenge series. Previously, as an impetus to stretch and grow bigger creative muscles, we had set ourselves the task of interpreting a chosen theme three… Continue reading The Same but Different – Quilt Reveal!
With varying participants, this quilt challenge group that I belong to has been going strong and steady for 6 years now. I’m a little surprised, and frankly, a little impressed that we’ve lasted so long. There is a lot of satisfaction to be had from persisting in an endeavor to the point that real growth… Continue reading The Bird Challenge – Reveal!
The inspiration for this quilt challenge stems from an encounter Brenda, Candace, and I had with a hideous piece of art a couple of years ago. The work was dark, obscure and featured a standing crocodile in profile along with these words, ‘It’s pretty, but is it art?’. Despite the Rudyard Kipling quotation, the piece… Continue reading The Devil Made Me Do It – A Quilt 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… Continue reading Idioms – The Reveal!
Following this past October’s retreat I found myself giving serious thought to the focus and direction of my quilting. I had reached a point of feeling stuck. There is an inner artist in me that lives in a rich internal environment of completed art quilts, where my ever unfinished Princess hangs fully stitched alongside the… Continue reading Shaking Up The Quilt Reveal
Candace’s random observation last year, that my newly moved into rural home would make a fine place for a quilt retreat, became a reality this past weekend. Five women (including myself) filled my house with fabric, projects, sewing machines, food, drinks and fun. The weekend commenced Friday evening with a walk to the back of… Continue reading A Retreat And A Reveal
A smaller group gathered at the Soup Spoon Cafe this week for our latest challenge quilt reveal. Three of us – Brenda, Candace and I – took advantage of the opportunity to beat Michigan’s sizzling summer heat and slipped in to the Cafe for some cool beverages, delicious dinner and friendly conversation. Revealing our quilts to… Continue reading Self Portrait Challenge – The Reveal!
When our group chose Erotica as a challenge theme I was a little concerned about whether the finished quilts would be “blog friendly”. Quite simply, while there aren’t any hedonists among us there aren’t any prudes here either! I count among our various qualities such attributes as being fun loving, subversive, thought-provoking, feminist minded, whimsical…and having attitudes that respectfully… Continue reading The Erotica Challenge – Revealed!
A corner table at the Soup Spoon and a reservation for this group can only mean one thing – a quilt reveal dinner party! Three months ago the very real challenge we gave ourselves was to construct ‘quilts’ using unconventional materials obtained from a hardware store. As always, the only other rule was a 12″x12″… Continue reading Hardware Store Challenge – The Reveal!