Project Quilting 10.2: Red, White and Blue

Red, White & Blue, inspired by the American Flag

This week's Project Quilting 10.2 Challenge theme was Red, White and Blue.  We were limited to using only the colors red, white, and blue in our one week challenge entry.  My window for creating an entry was very limited--as in somewhere between teaching all day on Sunday, unpacking Monday morning, packing to leave Tuesday morning for Road to California, where I was teaching the rest of the week!  So once the bulk of my unpacking/packing was complete Monday morning, I got to work pulling a fun assortment of red, white, and blue fabrics.  6.5" squares were cut from a variety of textures and prints in preparation for some stack, whack, shuffle & insert abstract peace signs.  In just an hour or two, I had managed to piece together a total of 24 blocks, which were then laid out and assembled into two small quilt tops (24" square and a smaller 12" square). 
Patriotic Pairing

Since I still had a few Road to California preparations to complete, I opted to focus on finishing one of the quilt tops and played it extra safe by choosing to go with the mini quilt!  Both the mini and quilt top were promptly packed into my suitcase for their debut at both my Thursday and Friday Slice of Improv workshops at Road to California (along with a photoshoot and blog post).
Party Peace, Finishes 12" x 12"

While I was working on my abstract peace blocks, I was thinking about the 35-day government shutdown and the 450,000 Federal employees that were working without pay.  My hope was that our  elected officials would reach across party lines to reach a bipartisan solution.  I am so thankful that the government has reopened, even if only on a temporary basis.  Of course, a more permanent solution is needed, which will require ongoing dialogue and compromise between all parties.  Until then, I hope to channel more peace towards Washington DC as I return to my studio to finish up my Party Peace 2 quilt top!
Party Peace 2, Unfinished 24" x 24"

In the meantime, I am linking up my entry for online voting!  You can visit all the entries made using red, white, and blue, and vote for your favorites.  Hint-hint--check out entry #95.

Comments

  1. I'm always amazed how quickly you make these delightful challenges. Another great one.

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    1. Thanks Ann! It was a make it work week and the challenge theme gave me a chance to revisit one of my favorite techniques/patterns using a completely different fabric palette. Now I have two new workshop samples!!

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  2. I would not have seen peace signs if you had not pointed them out. I saw tree branches, but I like your vision much better. And I too hope that our government can somehow figure out how to play nice together.

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    1. Thanks Katie. Yes they are pretty abstract peace signs...others have seen the tree branch similarity as well as chicken feet! It is all good as I just love how they dance and move around.

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  3. I'm amazed you even took the time to do this! And I'm grateful you did - they are both fabulous! bravo!

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    1. Thanks Kim...luckily I have some more downtime in February and can't wait to see what future PQ challenges await me!!

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