Monday, February 4, 2013

Exciting News!

I recently sent a submission for the Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show.  I have been waiting to find out if my quilt had been accepted.  It was the first time I had entered a quilt into a national show and one that is juried.  Imagine my excitement when I found this in my mailbox:

"I am pleased to inform you that your entry has been accepted in the CQA/ACC National Juried Show 2013"

Let's just say, I spent 20 minutes dancing around the house!  Now I just have to calm down enough to fill in the required additional documents and figure out how to package the quilt so that it arrives safely for display.

On another note, I finished up a quilt that consists of blocks made by some friends.  Here is a picture.

I've called it Scraps of Value.  Each of us were given instructions to select dark and light scraps; we could choose any colour and had to precut our scraps to predetermined sizes.  We also didn't know what colours the others had chosen, nor were we given the pattern for the block until we got together.

After setting all of our pieces out to share, we discovered that the majority of the colours chosen were within the "cool" spectrum.  We were given block piecing instructions and each of us made a "dark" and "light" block.  Here is a closer picture of what I mean.

Look closely... the block with the dark star has a dark border; the light star, a light border.  Initially we thought that the blocks wouldn't work well together, but when put up on the design wall all of us noted it was the value that created the pattern.  Of course it helped and was an added bonus that we had picked colours from the cool side of the colour wheel, but I think it would have worked even with multi colours.  It just would have projected a more vibrant mood rather than the calm one these blocks did.  Its the value that did the work!  Who would have "thunk" it.
Till the next time... pieceful sewing!