|2015 Hoffman Challenge Fabric|
The easy part of the journey was hunting down the fabric as many of the quilt shops were carrying the entire line! A few quick clicks and the fabric was slated to be shipped directly to my castle. I also ordered a companion print, Navy Gold which had little specks of gold.
Once it arrived in December, I hung it on my design wall and waited for divine inspiration...and waited, and waited some more. Some early brainstorms to celebrate the fabric's various motifs included tarot cards/fortune telling, magical carpet rides, Victorian homes and embroidery samplers. Several pins were added to my Pinterest board, but then I grew weary of these ideas as none had sparked a quilt design.
|Auditioning various shield/crest designs|
A large medieval French and English shield outline was sketched onto brown paper--providing a much needed framework to gauge the area needed to fill with patchwork. The motifs contained within the challenge ultimately dictated the overall design and layout. Originally I had envisioning strong vertical lines in the center, flanked by patchwork. Unfortunately I soon realized that I did not have enough repeats to support this design, so I reversed it to have the checkerboard consolidated into the center and surrounded that field with horizontal lines alternating challenge fabric motifs and a gold speckled navy print from the Mandalay collection. Some warmth and movement was achieved by adding an ombre print that had gold specks. Gold lame binding strips were added for a touch of royalty and bling.
|Line up of my usual suspects: Aurifil threads to add some quilted texture and color|
|Auditioning quilting motifs|
Now it was time to transform my quilted sandwich into a shield worthy of any knight. Gold lame binding was added to the perimeter, complete with some gold studs. The gold lame presented a bit of a fight, but I persevered and came out triumphant. More bling was added with gold buttons, some of which featured miniature shields!
|Progression of quilting, trimming to take on its shield shape and embellishments!|
|Embellishment details for the front|
Even more embellishments were planned for the reverse of the quilt, including the required quilt label and 4" sleeve, both featuring more challenge fabric, faux leather arm straps and even a Quilter's Code.
|Details added to the back: faux leather arm straps, quilt label and Quilter's Code|
|Supplemental fabric and remnants of the challenge fabric|
* Navy Gold companion print, Cheddar solid and the ombre gold speckled print for the front of the quilt
* navy solid for the quilt back
* marbled cream for the label and Quilter's Code (turned inside out for a more subtle background)
* marbled brown to create my faux leather straps
Alas, the Hoffman challenge fabric did not survive the journey. It succumbed to repeated attacks from the dreaded "Fabric Slayer", who will be converting the remaining bits into 2.5" charms as a memento of her journey!
Finishing this beauty was bittersweet for me:
* Relieved to have finished in time for the deadline
* Happy to have some time and energy to focus on other projects as this has consumed my full attention these past 2 weeks.
* Sad it was all over as it was a really fun challenge experience!
But alas, this is not the end for "We Are the Knights Who Love to Quilt", as it has already set off on its next epic adventure: Judging in Mission Viejo, CA, where it awaits its fate as to whether it will join any of the travelling exhibits. Let's hope it will be deemed worthy to travel, so it can defend the other entries against viewers who may be tempted to look with their hands instead of their eyes!! Wish us luck!!
Without further ado..."We Are the Knights Who Love to Quilt"
|View going into battle, measuring 25"x36"|
|Never turn your back in battle--unless you look this awesome!!|
|A Knight Out Around Town!|