IQA Donation Quilt 2018
As a teacher at the Houston International Quilt Festival, I have the opportunity to donate a quilt no larger than 25″ square to a silent auction to raise funds for the non-profit IQA that supports the show. I am delighted to donate and it’s always fun to see how well your quilt does in bidding. There are some truly spectacular quilts auctioned off each year. I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to this as my fall is pretty booked, so I went with the tried-and-true Start With a Square technique as my inspiration.
I pulled some gorgeous orangey-red silk dupioni from my considerable silk stash and that became my base. I love that starter square fabric as it is rich in design sources. I decided to mark this one as I didn’t have time for mistakes! BTW, it’s hard to get consistent color with my photos. This photo is truest to the actual color.
I sketched my basic motifs with a blue wash-out pen.
Now it’s thread audition time! I love this part. It’s hard to choose sometimes but I got it down to 5 threads, mostly poly thread.
I laid in my basic lines first, then began my fills.
I love to quilt! I’m liking where this is heading.
Progress was slow–there were classes to teach, The Quilt Show taping, foot issues… It wasn’t until this point that I realized the square was too small for this size of piece (24″ square). I’ve been making smaller pieces and had approached this on auto-pilot. Ooops!
Auditioning additional fabric and its placement. I’m liking the balance here. I think I’ll act like I meant to do it this way!
I bound it with some luscious plaid silk from my stash. It still needs a label, sleeve and to be sent off to Houston. I’m thinking that will happen tomorrow.
A few detail shots:
I’m hoping it gets a good bid for the auction. It was fun to make and a blast to work with that flaming red! I’ll be linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.
Loretta G Armstrong says
Nancy Kursewicz says
Oh Jenny, it so gorgeous!!!
Thank you Nancy!
I love it. Good luck in Houston.
I hope it’s a good year for me. Thank you Amber.
Mrs. Plum says
Jenny, you are right—the three pieces of print are definitely needed. Your piece is absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you Mrs. Plum! I had lost sight of the big picture.
Helen Hardwick says
Beautiful, gorgeous, what more can I say. The bidding will run high for this.
Thanks Helen! I do hope it gets a good bid-we’ll see.
Love your results!!
Thank you Marilyn! It is fun to work on these Start With a Squares.
Thanks so much for sharing this piece plus the process of creation. I LOVE the piece but also am dying to give it a try. You have given me the inspiration to give it a try. Good luck in Houston
Thank you Eileen! I’d love it if you shared your piece. It’s always fun to see what others do with the same concept.
Connie Abbott says
I love the red Jenny! The birds really add to the story.
Thanks Connie! After all that black and white, the red spoke to me. It’s a flaming red and should stand out against the black drape.
Peggy Martin says
LOVE it, Jenny!! Such a fun idea with the little fabric squares – fabulous!
THank you Peggy! It is a fun idea and a great class when I teach it.
Susan Archer says
I can’t believe I’ve just found you.
After years of quilting, with nothing really ‘grabbing’ me, you’ve done it.
This is my wake-up moment.
I just love your work, have now signed up to your page, and look forward to reading and learning from you.
Big, big thank you
Oh wow Susan, glad to hear it! If you’re interested, you could sign up for my newsletter-form at bottom of the page, on the right. I hope you are quilting some of your own work!