As if a one week deadline isn't enough of a challenge, I sprinkled in a few more personal challenges this week:
Personal Challenge #1: I had a friend from Australia arriving on Thursday, so I needed to complete the bulk of my entry before Thursday morning. This is a significant departure from my usual mode of operation of just starting my entry on Thursday or Friday!! So as soon as the new challenge theme was announced, I got to work brainstorming ideas and pulling fabrics. I had lots and lots of ideas but ultimately wanted to celebrate my love of bright fabrics. I began by pulling out some of my most colorful fabrics and prints, including rainbow prints and this fun butterfly print designed by Laurel Burch. To help the vivid colors pop, I had to make a quick run to my local quilt store to pick up some solid black fabric. While there, I found this fabulous print featuring small silver dots on a black background.
Personal Challenge #3: And while we're at it, why not incorporate improvisationally pieced curves into my quilt's design?!? I free-formed cut each set of wavy curves and then went to work piecing them together. Magically they went together beautifully without the need for pinning and each seam laid flat without any tucks or pleats forming!! I just kept alternating the black dotted print with either a lamé or rainbow wavy strip until it was long enough for a table runner.
|Waves of Color & Light|
|Metallic Threads: Bling It On!!|
I chose a skinny black & white stripe for my binding and another bright rainbow print for the quilt back.
While I am totally in love with this finished table runner...I am equally proud of the extra risks I took and how they each elevated the overall design!! In fact, I have already picked up some more lamé fabrics and can't wait to incorporate more curves into future quilt designs!! So warning: there are definitely curves ahead in my future!!
|"Bright & Breezy Butterflies" 36" x 18"|