Hi everybody, I'm excited to see what our first challenge has created and so eager to read all the posts today. I am very happy to share my quilt idea which for the moment is called Making Waves.
Mine is a top only at this stage and not a finished piece - apologies to all. I have had an issue with a disk in my back and sitting is giving me trouble so no sewing has been going on, but there has been drawing, pattern making and lots of fusible used to get me this far so I hope it is ok to post this for our first challenge. To read about the process and how I went about making this please visit my blog: Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner. For this post I thought I might share some of the inspiration and influences I noticed in the making of this wave collage.
I'm a member of the Irish Patchwork Society (IPS) and in addition to having monthly meetings where we share show & tell, speakers and demonstrations, there are annual challenges to make quilts for exhibitions. I'm the chairperson at the moment and it was one of our tasks on committee last year to come up with the theme for our National Exhibition. This was a lot harder than I thought and we rejected a whole list of things!
I pulled a few items into my sketchbook to see what it was that grabbed me about the idea and I found that I loved the Sashiko design available on Urban Threads because of the curve and the feeling of the wave falling in around you. This became the inspiration for the sketch below to work from as a pattern.
Shannon Brinkley's collage quilts using animals and cityscapes, so I had a gander, read up on her process and was thoroughly intrigued. I didn't use Shannon's process but I was inspired by it to make the wave section a collage and this is the result. I hope you like it!
This was a great first challenge and start to our group. Looking forward to the next one!