Monday, 5 August 2013

Holiday Memories - Mini Quilt Competition

Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches has dreamed up a super competition and has all the details on her blog HERE.
She has worked very hard to secure some fabulous prizes so I would just love it if lots of you were inspired by your holidays this year to make a wee mini quilt.
Now I suspect that some of you might be saying - "art quilts!, don't do them, I am not arty" or maybe you haven't actually gone on holiday?
Well, even a day out can inspire you to create something and there are so many styles of "textile art". Even a small arrangement of "Scrap Vomit" squares made using the right colours, could evoke a memory or a place.
In my classes over the years we have had a go at different things, Accidental Landscapes, Journal Quilts and last year, some of my students followed the "Home is Where the Heart Is" project. I put together a wee mosaic to give you an idea of the sort of thing that was created. I have to say that almost without exception, each one of these students declared that they had been taken out of their comfort zone.
The last four of these are only A4 sized so you get an idea of what is possible in a small space.
You could join strips in your colour scheme, overlay with a bit of net & then layer up and quilt into it. Use applique, paint some Bondaweb (glue side) leave it to dry and then iron on to a piece of fabric, this is such fun and can look so clever. In the first picture, Wendy pieced together lots of squares and rectangles in very cool colours, added in some whimsical penguins, and totally pulled off her Antarctic memory.
So why am I getting so worked up about this? Well it's because Fiona asked me to be one of the judges and I am really scared / worried / excited, all at the same time. I know there will be lots of you out there who will instantly have an idea of what to do, but I am hoping to encourage lots of you who maybe dismissed the competition at first read. I shall shut up in a minute but would like to finish on something I made last year for a Brit Swap and this was inspired by a photo I took on holiday. This huge palm leaf made me think of Log Cabin.

And so I made a central panel by plaiting some strips of colour shot fabric. The outer panels were irregular sized strips of fabric, stitched and flipped on to wadding. Nothing too complicated.

So go on - have some fun!!


  1. What a great idea. Will try and have a go at this!

  2. I will get my thinking cap and bikini on!

  3. Thanks for the shout out Sheila, your students came up with some great mini quilts.

    Hope you are more excited than worried and scared :)

  4. If I get time to come up with one, I shall, naturally, come up with ways to bribe you in August ;o)

  5. I am not sure I am up to another "art" quilt but I will put this on my list anyway.

  6. I have been planning mine - very exciting!

  7. I'm feeling encouraged, will have to give this some thought!

  8. Ooh I should get my mum to enter this...I shall pop over and take a look!

  9. Ooh that sounds interesting. Must have a think about what I could do.

  10. Looks interesting! It's great to see what your students made - they're a talented lot!



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