Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Curated Quilts Challenge

Though the Coronavirus is no laughing matter, it feels good to chuckle. This one got me.

While at QuiltCon (yes, it was "eons" ago - February 20-23) I stopped at the Curated Quilts booth. If you haven't heard of Curated Quilts... it's a publication of modern quilts, written in a journal style. There's no advertising and it's printed on heavier-than-magazine paper.

Each quarterly issue has a theme. Past themes have been: triangles, black and white, curves, appliqué, "well said" (text), etc.

At QuiltCon, co-owners Amy @amyscreativeside and Christine passed out cards with information about the next challenge.

The next mini quilt challenge is half-square triangles using the design technique of subtraction - removing design elements to create more negative space.

The designated colors palette (shown on the postcard) could use some or all of the following fabric colors: soft pink, orange, golden yellow, frosty blue, and cool-tone neutrals such as silver to graphite.

It's a color palette that's "not me." But, I'm usually up for this challenge because quilts need only be between 10" X 10" to 16" X 16" square.

As soon as I returned from QC, I began designing in EQ8, and across several days came up with a satisfactory design. It doesn't knock my socks off, but it fulfills every requirement. My fabric colors are an exact match to the postcard.

I made the quilt sandwich with Quilter's Dream Wool, and used a Fine Line semi-circle ruler to quilt rows of curves across the quilt. Thread is dove gray Aurifl.

I like this brand of ruler because each ruler has a post (or two) that can be held to help guide the ruler.

To keep the quilt within the required dimension, I faced it using this faced binding tutorial on Bernina's "We All Sew" blog.

Here's my finished small quilt is 16" X 16". 

I submitted my entry on March 6. The deadline for submission is April 1, in case you want to join in. Here's where to submit.

As all of us are now fully comprehending, the coronavirus pandemic means we're in for a long stretch of social distancing. And no doubt, like me, you're wondering about the long-term ramifications - to families, schools, small businesses, and our overall economy. It's worrisome enough to make us speculate ourselves into a tizzy. Or at the least, cause sleeplessness.

Several quilters suggested reading Psalm 91 in the Bible where many verses offer comfort and assurance. God is always in control.

Psalm 91:4-10
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.
You will not fear...the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
If you say, "The Lord is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
Believe. Pray.  May you be at peace in the knowledge of His loving care. Linda


Nancy said...

Your entry is delightful, and the clamshell quilting is a nice choice. We, too, are trying to stay prayerful and prudent in the face of the challenges all are facing. Amen to the Psalm! He is our refuge for sure.

Robbie said...

One of the buds in our Aussome Study group brought the Currated Quilt magazine to our meeting this month. It really looked interesting. I did go to their web site and they have some interesting issues!!!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Amen, my friend. Seek solace in His Word and know that He has us in the palm of His hand.
Praying you stay safe and well, Linda. xxxx

Debbie said...

oh what a nice design, Linda. I'm still mulling, and running out of time if I don't get busy soon!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Nice! The clam shells are perfect Linda. I've never motivated to enter any of their challenges. Keeping busy enough with my own million projects and ideas.

Quilting Babcia said...

I love your challenge quilt, and the clamshell quilting really finishes the design. Silver/gray is this year's neutral of the year? I like it so much better than white. This current plague brings to mind the first Passover, may the Angel of Death pass over our homes this season as then.


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