The quilt show is over and two of my quilts did really well.
The Sunset quilt got People’s Choice the second day and second in the pieced category.
The Ichthy Bog Coat got a Vendor’s Choice ribbon and a first in the “Other” category.
Even better, LouAnn’s grape quilt got People’s Choice the very first day! That rocks! And Karen‘s been asked to teach the Square Dance (block used as the border on the bog coat) at two different location! That really rocks!
LouAnn’s Wreath of Life quilt hung in Karen’s booth and many asked for the pattern. We all agree the quilt would have been pretty without the pieced background, but the large Dance block in pastels behind the appliqué really added to the depth and richness of the quilt.
I’m working on a new quilt idea. I’ve discussed it before, the koi pond repeat in some sort of watercolor technique similar to the sunset quilt.
I originally flirted with using the 2″ square dance block but have since veered toward a stretched hex (coffin, not honeycomb). I’ve ordered some coffin shaped English paper pieces. They’re gonna take a while to get here because the shape isn’t a standard one for PaperPieces.com so they’ll have to draft it before sending it to the laser cutter computer. Hopefully it’s not going to cost an arm and a leg.
This morning I had a flash . . . what if I created a stamp the size and shape I want. I could stamp the image on the back of the material, do some pin matching and sew the seams by machine. Y seams don’t bother me and I think I can pin and sew accurately enough to do the job by machine. I wouldn’t have to trim super accurately, wouldn’t have to use a template, wouldn’t have to sew the blocks together by hand (English paper piecing). Hmmm . . . You KNOW I’m gonna have to try . . .
So, ever the research queen, I’ve been looking at rubber stamps. I found this really plain Jane website with rubber stamp construction info. Next time I head into town I’ll pick up a blank stamp and see if I can carve what I need. Before I do that I’ll draw a couple and try sewing and see what I get.