Remember how I mentioned a sudden moment of inspiration for the most recent Project Modern Challenge? Well, my vision involved a whole lot of hand stitching, which I executed while recently on vacation with my family (you know, while the men were building walls of beer.) And I finally put the finishing touches on this baby a few days ago.
That, my friends, is a whole heck of a lot of regular and reverse applique. My fingers basically went numb… but it was oh so worth it. You know when you make something that turns out exactly how you’d hoped? Well, I’ll be the first to admit it’s a rare occurrence, but I can honestly say this quilt is just what I had in mind. Appropriate, since the theme of the challenge is Finding Your Voice.
Admittedly, I don’t really think of myself as a quilt contest kind of person. I’m less interested in perfection than I am in self-expression and having fun with my work, but I had a vision for this one– and so much fun executing it.
I’m sure everyone says this when they enter a contest, but at this point the outcome is low on my list of concerns. I’m just grateful to have had the excuse to work on a quilt just for fun, just for me.
I wrote up a more elegant description to submit with the challenge, but the abbreviated version of why I chose this design is that it captures my notion of self-expression in general– liberty and celebration– as well as the essence of my style of quilt making– captured by the combination of techniques (applique, reverse applique, patchwork), geometric motifs, and so much color!
Of course, in more literal terms, a glass of champagne always helps me find my karaoke voice