And it’s not about me! One of my students, Luanne Chittenden, won an Honorable Mention ribbon in the Traditional category on her very first entry into Pacific International Quilt Festival-I’m so happy for her! PIQF has only 3 quilt categories so it’s a big deal to get any kind of a ribbon. Her quilt is pictured on their site here. Luanne took a feathers class from me awhile ago-I don’t remember exactly when.
Her quilt, Not Entirely Modern, is a beautiful quilt with gorgeous quilting. Luanne had never entered a major show before. When I saw her quilt, I knew that she needed to enter it into PIQF and that it would jury in-sometimes you just know.
Luanne had no clue that she had received a ribbon until she went to the show on opening day and saw her name on the list of winners! How cool is that?
Luanne saw the diamond pattern somewhere and used it as her starting point. She liked the “overlapping scales” look and decided to challenge herself with that concept, using striped fabric from her stash. She purchased the gradated fabric from High Sierra and it too was in her stash. I did not know it was possible to make a quilt entirely from your stash:-/
She chose to stagger the stripes-that’s way more complicated than it sounds and she did end up making the diamond portion twice.
Luanne is also a fan of Diane Gaudynski and had always wanted to try a feathered vase. She staggered the vases to the right on each layer. I love that effect. For her background quilting Luanne used a combination of pumpkin seed, “bouncing bananas”, bubbles and a motif she found on Leah Day‘s site.
And more good news for Luanne-she will be teaching free motion quilting next year at Sew Fun Fabrics in Folsom. I’m just tickled pink for her successes! Any of you who are teachers know how exciting it is to see a student catch on fire and go on to do fabulous things on their own-this is why I teach. Well done Luanne-I’m sure we will see more from you in the future!