|Draft Sketch of Fields of Quilted Dreams|
Below is a fun bundle of American Made Brand solids I selected for this project which included a variety of aquas, greens, gold/yellow, oranges and even some browns, which rarely make it into my quilts.
|Bundle of American Made Brand Solids|
Using this fun palette of colors, I then set out to create a variety of rows featuring modern block construction, techniques and designs--each featuring a different background color to create a gradation from top to bottom. Some designs I just knew I wanted to include all along, while others were a bit more improvisational depending on which fabrics/colors were still remaining. But here are some pictures of the quilt rows throughout construction.
|Fabric and Lego Interpretations of Cotton Harvesters|
It was then time to add the white and brown sections representing the rows before and after the cotton harvest.
Now the quilt top construction was still taking place in the week prior to the August 1st deadline, and did not leave much time for me to tackle the quilting or finishing. Much to my sheer delight and relief, I decided to revisit the website to make sure my quilt design met the judging criteria, and learned that the deadline was extended 2 full weeks...hallelujah!! This extension made a huge difference in allowing me ample time to add all the quilted texture to really bring this quilt top to life. And I finished hand stitching the binding/sleeve the morning of the deadline...phew!
Here is the finished quilt followed by detail shots of the quilting and design.
|Finished Fields of Quilted Dreams|
|Detail Shots of Modern Design and Quilting|
|Another finished quilt/Lego picture|
I was thrilled to receive an email informing me that my quilt was juried into the exhibit, which would debut at the Houston International Quilt Festival and Quilt Market, October 25th through November 2nd. One of my fellow guild members attended and posted some pics, but I've been trying to learn more information about the other quilts that were juried into the exhibit. Hopefully something more will be posted soon! But until then, enjoy my post of Fields of Quilted Dreams.