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
This quilt is beautiful and striking in it’s clear simplicity and strong execution. The translation of the idea/inspiration into a quilted medium feels spot on, and every choice the quilter has made – from palette, to structure, and quilting – supports this clear vision and intention. I’d love to see the back!
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.