Thursday, May 7, 2009

Selected!

I haven't posted for a couple of weeks but I have been busy sewing. After taking Dena Crain's Darned Quilts class at Symposium I decided to try the technique again, this time with a different shape. The motivation was a very quickly arriving closing date (2 weeks!) for the National Association of New Zealand Quilters Illumination Challenge. Well, I do work well to deadlines :-)

My inspiration for my Illumination Challenge quilt was the prologue to John's Gospel which talks about the light shining in the darkness and darkness has never put it out.

I started with this free-curve pieced background:
Then I added embellishments and decorative stitching:
I cut flame shapes and ended up with this (sorry, the colour in this photo is a little bleached):
It has been selected to tour as one of 20 quilts. I will find out after 6 June if it has won a prize. All quilts in this collection have to be for sale, so you never know, even if I don't get a ribbon someone might buy it. Wouldn't that be nice?

9 comments:

Ruth's Place said...

Congratulations! It's a stunning piece of work.

Janice said...

thats wonderful Helen - Congratulations! I don't understand how you got from pic 2 to pic 3 but its certainly an illuminating quilt :-)

Nola G said...

That looks great Helen. Like Janice, I'm intrigued as to how you got from pic 2 to pic 3. Did you make 2 strip sets and cut one up and applique to the other? What are the dark outlines? The embroidery stitches add so much to it as well.

Kayjay said...

That is absolutely amazing Helen. You are so very clever. An inspiration. would love to catch up again. wondering about another KQ get together. What do you think?

meggie said...

Congratulations! That is certainly a very interesting quilt!

Webfrau said...

CONGRATULATIONS! It's a great quilt, love the interplay of colour.

Dena Crain said...

Hey, Helen - well done!! Very clever approach to a DQ! I love the way it plays on the theme of light shining in darkness - good interpretation.

May I have your permission to add this one to the Best Darned Quilts exhibition on my blog? If so, send me an email to dena@denacrain.com. Thanks!

Dena said...

And so - did you win a prize? ;-)

Sunshine said...

Wow, that's neat. I'm not sure what happened between the second last and last picture though. How did you do that?

Did you cut your first top up and applique/piece it back together? I'm stumped...

Cheers,
Christine