What do you do when challenged with deadlines AND “horrible” fabric? Make one quilt that fits two challenges if you are me!
My local quilt guild, the Hospitality chapter of the Richmond Quilters Guild, put out the challenge “Music to my Ears.” I almost immediately had decided one of the songs from the band Squeeze would be my selection, because their lyrics always seem to be painting a visual image.
- “A soapsud stickleback navy A scrubbing brush landing craft” – (If I didn’t Love You)
- “Legs up with a book and a drink” -(Is That Love?)
- “There’s a stain on my notebook Where your coffee cup was” -(Black Coffee in Bed.)
And then, at our holiday party we had a round robin ugly fabric exchange where I ended up with eight 1/8th yards of fabric some would say only it’s mother could love.
As if by design the entire quilt unfolded in front of my eyes! “Two fat ladies window shop something for the mantelpiece.”-(Pulling Mussels from the Shell.)
That incredible fruit lady fabric finally had a raison d’etre! Sketching and assembling the quilt was done very quickly. It all fell together like it was meant to be. The addition of the lyrics on the boardwalk was a last minute thought, when I realized the ‘planks’ of the boardwalk felt too clean. I probably should have checked how well the lyrics would fit.
The eight ugly fabrics are in the art hanging on the gallery wall–either as the frame or the art. (two of the pieces of art were additions from my very own well-loved stash.) The remaining piece I couldn’t work in ended up being the frame for the gallery sign. I dug in to my stash of alphabet stencils for the gallery sign and used Prismacolor, Copic and Micron pens to color and shade there and elsewhere on the quilt.
This is hanging at #MAQF Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest through today and will then go to a local show at a church in Richmond for a bit.
*Mea Culpa. I have not posted a single photo from February! I will make one big month-end post with an explanation and then strive to do better in March.
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