The one I am being "challenged" most by is the art quilt. This is part of the Caledonia Quilt Guild members challenge - we were each given one piece of the same fabric, and challenged to make something with it - not to exceed 30" square.
I had been playing with these "Lotus" blocks for a while using the Hex-N-More ruler from Jaybird Quilts. I had made a class sample using the batiks, and then made these blocks using the leftovers - and a smaller scale. I set them a bit differently - "fussy setting" the challenge fabric into one big "flower" and the blue surrounding it.
I liked the idea of this being a garden -especially since our quilt show is "A Garden of Quilts" but my inspiration after the first layout fizzled for a while. Then I decided to turn this quilt into Mary Ellen's Garden - inspired by my high school Latin teacher, who is a gardener and quilter.
When Jill was here, I sought out some "tree" like fabrics, and some cobblestones. After pondering a bit with the idea of adding a stone path, I decided to add a wall, a tree, some branches, and some leaves. More embellishing will follow with beads, silk embroidery, cording flowers and a jungle vine.
My intent is to put this in the show - and then give it to Mrs. Westlake (Mary Ellen) as a gift. It pales in comparison to her actual garden - but I know she will appreciate it.
|Some free motion quilting of bark on the tree trunk - including a big knot.|
|"leaf" clusters waiting to be appliqued - there are more and they will fill the top edge and corner of the quilt.|
|Mrs. Westlake also likes bird watching, so I had to add a bird house.|