As I mentioned a few weeks ago, our guild is in the middle of a challenge project which is due at our June meeting next week. The challenge is called “Am I Blue” and the idea is to make a quilt somehow related to the word blue.
Well, I got inspired a few weeks ago and completed a quilt for the challenge. Then I had lunch with my friend Sue T, and she off-handedly said that she immediately thought of the word “BLEW” as in someone blowing on a dandelion.
When we were in Kunming China 2 weeks ago, I took a photo of a statue that had this wonderful little boy in it…..
When I returned to the US, I contacted her and asked if she had followed thru on her idea and she said that she had moved on to another idea and that I could use it if I wanted.
SO, I printed out the photo and headed to my studio. I first pulled out any fabrics that I thought might work with the photo and then started playing around with blocks to go with it. I knew that I wanted to do pinwheels of some sort and started out with a three-dimensional pinwheel that was presented last year on the British Quilt List Calendar Challenge. It was perfect for the quilt.
I had planned to graph out the entire quilt before I started piecing, but ended up getting too excited and just started making pinwheels of various sizes. The nice thing about them was that I made them too big and I could easily cut them down to the size that I wanted.
I wanted something to echo the stick that the pinwheel is on so decided to use some beads to make my own stick with.
Tomorrow I will fill you in on the quilting problems and solutions!!!