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.