I learned this week that the 15" X 15" quilt I made for the American Made Brand "Tiny Quilt Challenge" received a "third prize" award in the appliqué category. I designed this quilt, but haven't been able to share it on social media - a stipulation of entering a quilt in the AMB challenge.
My design was inspired by a 15-second ATandT U-Verse commercial seen on television last April when visiting my daughter in Kansas City! It was one of those quick, "oh look at that" moments when I tried to burn the design onto my retinas - moving, multi-colored circles radiating from the lower right side of the screen.
I started working on the design in August. Though I looked for the commercial online, I was unable to find it and I kept referring to the picture in my mind.
The background is improv-piece with several different colors of AMB solids. Then I raided my sewing room closet and kitchen pantry to come up with assorted-size circles to trace onto fabric.
Each fabric circle was hand-basted around the edge, and drawn up around a circle of template plastic. With the template still inside, each circle was hand-appliquéd to the background. Then, from the back I cut away the background to release the template - sort of like giving birth!
Big stitch quilting is with #8 Presencia pearl cotton.
Using the "no tails binding" method, I added yellow at two corners to emphasize yellow circles.
AMB said 228 quilts were entered in this challenge. Forty were selected to be in an AMB exhibit at the Road to California quilt show (Upland, California) in January, with some of us receiving prizes. My prizes are 31 fat quarters of AMB solids, an AMB color card, and an AMB tote bag. Since I already have the latter two items, I'm giving away my new color card and new tote bag. This giveaway has ended.
If you'd like a chance to win, comment to answer my question:
Have you ever made a solids-only quilt? Did you enjoy it?
This giveaway is for US quilters only (sorry!). Two winners will be chosen Monday morning. Linda
This giveaway has ended.