Thursday, November 14, 2013

studioQ Challenge quilts -- I'm caught up!

My fiber art group, studioQ, has been working on a series of color challenges.  Every other month, one of the members selects a photograph and presents us with a palette of colors pulled from the photo.  I am finding this rather challenging, because 1.)  I usually work with a large number of shades and tints, even if the palette is restricted to several hues and 2.) the chosen palettes have been way outside my normal color comfort zone.  I mean, look at all of that blue!

So several months ago, I  came home from a meeting with 7 color swatches, 3 of them shades of blue.  I decided to make a largish figure surrounded by smaller figures.  I put it together, and then realized that I had made a funky sort of tuning fork.  Hmmmm.
Challenge 1 - 17" x 23"
 I started the second challenge right after I got back from International Quilt Festival.  Tuning forks were very much on my mind, and I decided to just go with the flow and make a tuning fork motif quilt.  I decided to treat the green swatch as my background fabric, and had gotten permission to add the dark gray.  I felt that the swatches as presented did not have enough contrast.
Challenge 2 -- 23" x 35"
Both are quilted, so now I have some binding to do.  And I now feel that I can get back to Tuning Fork 13, which is on the design wall.

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tuning Fork #11 won 1st place in Art-Abstract, Large in Houston!

 I just got home from International Quilt Festival in Houston.  I'm simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated.  I was thrilled just to get two quilts juried into the "big" quilt show, but I am over the moon about winning first place with TF #11!
I of course had to pose with it!
I will write more about my adventures in Houston when I've had time to process the experience. What a wonderful week!

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