One definition of a “challenge” is a stimulating or interesting task or problem. I like quilt challenges because they focus my intentions on a particular problem.
Right now many modern quilters are creating quilts using Michael Miller’s Glitz Collection for the 2016 QuiltCon West show. I was one of those quilters.
The fabric was sophisticated and included mostly polka dots and “orange peel” graphics in silver, white, black and gold. I received 8 fat-eighths.
When I typed the word “glitz” into Pinterest, I got posts from beauty pageants and little girls in heavy makeup — not chic at all. I sketched some, and nothing felt right. I let it go for awhile.
I purchased a notebook while on vacation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and it inspired me to make Swimsuits as my Glitz challenge:
I sketched some swimsuits. Then cut out patterns from freezer paper. I added some bikinis to my swimsuit collection.
At first I thought I’d make a simple block in a coordinating solid for each swimsuit, but they looked plain and flat. I went back to Pinterest and typed “vintage swimsuits” and stumbled upon an old Frederick’s of Hollywood ad for lingerie. I liked the design which inspired this sketch:
I played and played and played. I enjoyed the process, folding fabrics and making the most wonderful swimsuit collection.
I entered it in the challenge.
My daughter loves it. She has taken it for her own. Michael Miller fabric feels luxurious.
It’s a winner.
Swimsuits make me smile too,
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You are amazing
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Wanda, you never cease to amaze me! You have the gift to think outside the box. Never let that go!
I want to try new things when I do a challenge. It’s the best opportunity to take risks.
I really enjoyed this post about how you came about designing this quilt. It’s a great design. I’m glad your daughter likes it so much.
Lisa, my process is unique to me but I wanted people to know how I design. Everyone should do what works for him or her.
Great idea! Your quilt will be unique in the challenge 🙂
We’ll see if unique is show worthy.
Adorable! I can’t wait to see the whole project.