For me, nothing fit the bill better this year than my Metropolis quilt, which I'm entering into the Modern Quilt category. This quilt challenged every part of me throughout the 1.5 years it was made over, from piecing together all the improv piecing to the quilting. You can read the full story here if you'd like, but for now, here are 5 things I appreciate about this quilt:
1. Colors. I started with 2.5" mini charm squares of Carolyn Friedlander's Doe fabric, and pulled colors that are quite unlike my normal color schemes.
2. Layout. As the quilt evolved, it became clear that I didn't want a neutral in the background (why go neutral when you can go full on COLOR?). Forget gray and white - this quilt totally transformed.
3. Piecing. The middle is completely pieced; this was not easy to do but I am so proud of it! "Metropolis" was the first time I really used partial seams, and now I don't hesitate to use them when needed. Learning new skills is always a plus.
4. Quilting. Notice how I didn't say "the quilting process" - because that was the main part I struggled with over about a year! With help and encouragement from lecture attendees and students, I started to see a "city" in the middle of the quilt, and quilted it at varying densities to encapsulate the idea of population density. One day, I finally decided to quilt the "background" with improv-y, wavy lines. I am so glad I did.
5. Photoshoot. I have fond memories of traipsing around New York City with my sister this summer. We took some great shots and got lots of strange looks - but it was sooo worth it. Long ago were the days when we were embarrassed to whip out quilts in public.
Please enjoy the festival, which has many categories of quilts! Make sure you vote for Viewer's Choice as well! Thank you to Amy for hosting and to the festival sponsors for supporting such a wonderful show (and the blogging community).