What fun this was, creating a most nostalgic contribution to the Alliance for American Quilts' "New from Old" fundraising quilt contest.
My cousin Tracy's painting of our grandmother's housewas a joy to work with, but it presented some challenges, too.
The heavy brown vertical lines in the house needed to be integrated with those pastel 1930's Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks I was dying to use. So there was a balancing act involved, employing value, line, repetition, and a large dose of whimsy to bring it all together.
Here's a detail to show how I finished the "frame" around the central image. That 4mm silk ribbon that is blanket-stitched in place was hand-dyed by Pat Winter. Her ribbon is always "just the thing" I need. Thanks again, Pat!
So have a look at the completed quilt....
I added a little machine quilting to the center....nothing obtrusive, just enough to keep the surface secured.
I'm quite happy with the concept and execution, though I would love to have another go at it sometime...
I do hope you will consider entering a 16" X 16" quilt of your own. Mine is not eligible for the contest, as I am currently serving on the board of the Alliance....and I am so happy to support their fundraiser with this quilt (all the contest quilts will be put up for bid on Ebay in the fall of 2010.)
...but YOU all could win some really substantial prizes, including a $5000 "sit down" model Handi-Quilter machine.
Also, the quilts will be hung at American Quilter Society, the National Quilting Association, and International Quilt Festival shows this year, getting quite a bit of attention!
So get your work out there, compete for some valuable prizes, and support a cause dear to all of us quilters. What does "New from Old" mean to you?....