Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Challenge Winner - Club Aloha

Thanks to all who participated in our first National Quilting Day Challenge! The winner of our challenge is ClubAloha with her beautiful Quilted Table Runner.

This is how she describes her quilt:

This piece I created for the Quiltsy Team Challenge - The Nature of Quilting for National Quilt Day which occurred on March 20th. The theme "The Nature of Quilting - Quiltsy Style" open to each individual's interpretation. Since I love spring and the beautiful flowers that nature gives us, I decided to make this spring floral table runner as my piece for the challenge.

The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular during the 1920s and 30s. I used a Dresden Plate template and contemporary fabrics to create this runner. How bright and beautiful this will look on any table. Perfect for spring and Easter brunch!

The plate pieces were machine appliqued to 4 blocks with a decorative stitch, then other blocks added on point.
The table runner measures 15.5" wide and 60" long (point to point). Fabrics are 100% cotton. The batting is Warm & White 100% cotton; it keeps its shape wash after wash. I machine quilted with King Tut cotton candy color thread. The binding has been machine stitched down. The backing is Michael Miller's Savannah - black with floral print - I fussy-cut some of the flowers to make the blocks used on the front of the runner also.

This is a beautiful piece of quilted art that really celebrates spring!

The second place participant was SewUpscale with her lovely landscape postcard:

Her discription includes this information:

This handmade quilted landscape postcard art quilt of a moonlit evening in the country would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. The moon is shining brightly and the stars are very subtle in the background.

The edge on the 4" by 6" fabric postcard art quilt is finished in a thick satin stitch from a dark green shiny rayon thread. The back is finished with a crisp white fabric.

I create my quilted art cards with layers of fabric and then complete the art card with quilting.
As always, I'm inspired by the the Blue Ridge mountains where I live.

This fabric post card art quilt is a versatile, affordable piece of art. It can be framed, displayed on an easel, or sent in the mail. Use as a tag on a gift. Group several together for a more dramatic effect.Would make a romanic gift for a sweetheart.

When the team challenge was announced, I knew that my quilted fabric landscape postcards fit the bill. What better for the theme, "The Nature of Quiltng", than nature itself.

Definitely a lovely piece of work!

And Third Place goes to AnotherghostQuilts, whose quilt sold midway throught the week! This bright and beautiful quilt is on it's way to a new home!

This is what she says about her lovely quilt:

As much as I adore patchwork, certain fabrics are simply too beautiful to scissor, and call for a whole cloth project.

This Kaffe Fassett Turkish Delight fabric reminded me of my travels to Russia and Turkey and my adventures buying carpets in the outdoor markets from the central Asian rug merchants of Uzbekistan, Daghestan, and the other stans! A side trip to Istanbul weighed me down with beautiful kilims and suzanis. These memories led to my design of this art quilt/wall hanging called Flying Carpet. I added a border from Windham's folklore line, and Kaffe's mirage stripe for the fringe. In case you forget you are flying, I backed it with Kaffe's red Clouds, another current obsession. I then densely hand quilted into the pattern. I've held off on adding a hanging sleeve, but will do so at no extra cost. Such fun, I am now making a few in larger sizes, and different palettes.

On the wall or on a table, may my little Flying Carpet transport you.

When you buy a Quiltsy team item, rest assured you are buying quality.

All the entries were wonderful, and I thank each quilter for letting us see an example of their various works, and each one who voted for being a part of this fun event! This was just a small sample of the diverse styles of quilting done by our team - take a little time and browse through some of our member shops to see more!


kimbuktu said...

Congrats to Aloha, SewUpScale, and Ghost, wonderful entries!

FabricsNQuilts said...

Congrats to all the participants & winners! Love the tablerunner!

OliveStreetStudio said...

WOW!! Such great wins!

MoranArtandQuilts said...

Congrats to the winners! I loved them all.