Monday, October 31, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival Fall 2011



Hello, everyone! Thanks for stopping by today to checkout my submission for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival Fall 2011. Thank you very much to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for organizing this fun event, and thank you to all of her sponsors for donating such generous prizes.




My entry for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival is my Silo quilt, which is one of the latest quilts I've finished. And most exciting to me, it was also chosen as a winner in the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern: Challenge 4. The judge was none other than Denyse Schmidt, my personal quilting idol and the mother of Modern Quilting, in my eyes. The challenge for this project was to find your own voice and create a quilt that speaks to who you are as a quiltmaker.




My quilt is an original design of mine and it was inspired by a large metal silo that sits on a farm about 10 miles from my home. I’m sure I've seen that silo hundreds of times before, but one day I saw something new in it as we drove by, so I grabbed my sketchbook and drew out a plan.







I tweaked the original sketch a bit and then grabbed some fabrics and went to work.




For this quilt I used three solid colors of woven cotton: cream, pale blue, and a warm gray. I really liked how the colors worked together, and the combination reminded me of how the silo looks at dusk, when the entire structure seems to glow in the setting sun.







The quilt measures 64” x 67”. It is heavily quilted with horizontal straight lines to repeat the design of the front, as well as the grooves of metal on the silo.

I feel like this quilt is truly a reflection of my voice as a modern quilter. I’m often inspired by everyday places and things that most of us wouldn't even notice, and I’m always excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into my work.

It was fantastic to be a winner of the Project Modern Challenge, and even more amazing since I also was a winner in the first and second challenges, too. But the most meaningful prize of them all to me is Denyse's words about my quilt. She said




Amazing, right? And completely humbling to me. So for Denyse (and you!), here is the back.




While the design of front of the quilt is very regular and structured, the back was designed entirely improvisationally. I used some leftover sections of the blocks from the front and added some scraps and bits of fabrics, and I pieced them all together with more cream fabric.

Thanks again for stopping by from the Bloggers' Quilt Festival Fall 2011 and for letting me tell you a little about my work. Be sure to check out all of the amazing entries in the festival to be inspired by tons of gorgeous quilts.

14 comments:

Melanie said...

It makes my heart so happy to see this happening for you! YOU are amazing!!! And even Denyse recognizes that! LOVE you to pieces!

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

Heather your work is just gorgeous and I love that you also shared your process for making this beautiful (award winning!) quilt. Thanks!

bloomingpoppies said...

Congrats on your win with MQG!!! I saw this quilt there too and loved it! What a work of art it truly is. So happy to have found your blog too. Love all your work!!

shari said...

I so want this quilt!!! I love it! So pretty!!!

laura said...

LOVE this quilt! thanks for sharing!

Colby said...

I really like this color combination, very original.

Hollie said...

I adore this quilt. Really, I do!

Leslie said...

this is stunning...what beautiful soft colors

Lyanna L. said...

I LOVE this quilt and was so glad when it won the challenge! I am so glad I got to read about your inspiration for the quilt - you should write a book with inspirations from your quilts and the patterns...I'd buy it =)

Jenny said...

Great quilt! Love it! Simple but so cool to look at!

notes of sincerity said...

What a gorgeous quilt!
Love it! :o)

Dawn said...

This is a great quilt, Heather! I hope you take this as the complement that it is when I say that I really like the back more than the front. It's lovely on both sides....just sayin'...my fav. :)

Editfolt said...

Welcome Magyrországról. I really like your quilt. Beautiful colors, and stitching. I love the asymmetrical patterns.

Eileen said...

clever! love how you used the silo as inspiration. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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