Monday, January 13, 2020

A Ribbon Runs Through It - Quilt 2

Last Saturday, our quilt guild celebrated their 15th Anniversary with a trunk show, luncheon, make & take activity and a quilt challenge exhibit with friends & members, both past & present. The quilt exhibit was our "A Ribbon Runs Through It" challenge. I managed to finish my second quilt for the challenge a couple of days before our big event. WooHoo!

A Ribbon Runs Through It Challenge - Quilt 2 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I didn't name this quilt, so I'm just calling it Quilt 2 (so original). For Quilt 2, I made 6" crazy quilt blocks and then drew a couple of flowers and leaves on Steam-A-Seam 2 and fused to the back of the turquoise fabric we were to use in the challenge. I fused the flowers and leaves to the front of my crazy quilt, then stitched the edges down. I saw this idea on Instagram but unfortunately I can't remember who it was to give them appropriate credit.

A Ribbon Runs Through It Challenge - Quilt 2 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I quilted pebbles on the crazy quilt background to mute the background and to make the flowers and leaves puff up a bit. It was the first time for me to freehand pebbles and although sometimes it felt like I was a little tipsy with a few too many drinks and my pebbles looked like it too, I thought overall it didn't look too bad. I applied a faced binding to my quilt and added hot-fix crystals to the main flower to add some sparkle. Although I love the quilt, the 'ribbon' effect was lost when it was hung in the exhibit (as you can see below).

A Ribbon Runs Through It Challenge - Awaken Wonder by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I shared my first quilt for this challenge a few months ago and you can click Here to read more about it.

A Ribbon Runs Through It Quilt Challenge Exhibit by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Speaking of the challenge, the rules were quite simple. Each participant was to make an 18" x 36" quilt and given a fat quarter of turquoise fabric that was to enter the quilt on the left side at 3" wide and exit on the right side at 3" wide.

A Ribbon Runs Through It Quilt Challenge Exhibit by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The quilts were hung so that the turquoise fabrics connected at the sides to create a "ribbon" that ran through the quilts. The quilts were grouped into 2 groups - one group was more bright colors and geometrics while the other was more earth-tones and landscapes. The quilts are a little hard to see in the photos because of all the background clutter but really looked neat in person.

All-in-all I think our anniversary celebration was a success. Now I'm looking forward to some other projects and activities on my list - starting this weekend with my mom's annual Birthday Sew-In with all her sisters! Should be a fun time.

~Sharla

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