Now that the London Modern Quilt Guild has joined up officially, I got to take part in their latest fabric challenge using Michael Miller fabric. Full details of the challenge can be found at their blog.
I really didn't know what I wanted to do with it but I was inspire by Susan's wonderful quilt as you go cushion. It's a technique I've always wanted to try so why not now?
I pieced a few strips together and then used the QAYG method to do a very wonky log cabin type of arrangement. I also went for wonky matchstick quilting which again is something I hardly ever do but wanted to give it a go.
Slowly but surely it grew but I didn't know what it was growing into.
Eventually I had a big enough piece and I was contemplating a tote bag, then the idea of adding words popped into my head. Now I have only recently finished my first quilt with words and swore to myself never again. I don't enjoy appliqué techniques. But the idea stuck and over a couple of days the words I wanted came to me.
LOVE - love myself, something I haven't always been able to do
LIVE - live in the moment, the past is over and it can only hurt me if I let it
DREAM - I suffered insomnia for years, I cherish it now when I sleep well and have lots of dreams
With those thoughts in mind I have named this piece "Remember" and it is going to hang in my stairwell so I see if every day when I get up in the morning. To remember how important these things are for me and how hard I've had to work to experience them.
It's finished at 26x38 inches and I added some kona white for the words and the binding.