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Thread: My Challenge Quilt is Complete!

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    Super Member zyxquilts's Avatar
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    OK, OK! I've been talking about this in chat for weeks...now here are the pics....Since I want them to stay in order, I'll do them one at a time. :D
    The Challenge is for my guild quilt show "Alice in Quilterland". We were given a fat quarter of a floral Moda fabric, with the only instructions being that the quilt should go with the theme of the quilt show and must contain a "recognizable" amount of the Moda fabric on the front of the quilt.
    It took me forever to come up with an idea. First I thought & thought about the Disney animated movie - nothing. Then I got the book from the library & read it - still nothing gelled. Then all the sudden it came to me as a whole quilt! "When Alice Was BIG" Alice looking thru' a window into a little house! :D
    Here's the full-size pattern I drew out, with a picture of my friend Mallory's eye in place.


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    Next is the couch I "built". I decided to make the different sections of the quilt separately, and fuse them with a little bit of a gap between them so I could see where to do my little zigzag outline.

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    I took a pic of my friend Mallory's eye, cropped it to size & printed it out onto some June Taylor printable fabric, then fused it in place. Next came the window "frame" around the eye.
    I traced the shape of the 'quilt' that it on the couch onto some Prepared For Dye fabric, and then colored it in with fabric pens (Tsukineko). When I first fused it onto the couch, it was sorta blah....until I outlined it with a yellow/gold polyester thread! It looked so much better, that I decided to "quilt" the couch quilt too, and then it looked just like I wanted it. :D


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    And now - the whole thing! The Challenge fabric is what I used on the curtains. I tried to paper piece the wall quilt above the couch, but had trouble with the curve, so resorted to more Steam-a-Seam2! lol The wall quilt is actually quilted & hanging from its own quilt hanger, and the curtains are hanging from a curtain rod too. Both the curtain rod & the quilt hanger I made from silver floral wire.
    Originally, that was it, but I decided the spot under the window needed something....the Cheshire Cat!! I wanted him to be 'disappearing', so I made him out of the same fabric as the background, then drew on his grin. :D Voila! Finito!!
    This is one of the first times I've had a quilt actually look like what I was imagining when I started! Usually they take a left turn somewhere & make their own statement. :wink:

    And even better....I still like it! LOL


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    Very creative!! You did a great job!! The eye trick is wonderful and how cute is that curtain. My favorite aspect hands down though is the couch quilt!! Very well done!!

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    That is too cool!
    good job!

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    Wow, wow, wow. That is amazing. You are one very imaginative quilter!!

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    Awsome! So creative!

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    the idea is perfect, and you pulled it off perfectly! and I agree i like the couch the best, but it's all darling, and your friend has a nice eye!!!

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    Omygosh that's fantastic!!!!!!! What a wonderful imagination you have. I could never have thought that through and brought it to fruition like you've done. My hat's off to you zyx!! I think that's a winner for sure. :)

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    What a fun project and its great.........hope you win a prize....... :D

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    WOW! :shock: Such creativity and execution! It's wonderful! You rose above the challenge!

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    You are very creative and you did an awesome job. I love it!

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    So nice and orginial. The eye follows you all around.

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    i totally love your quilt. i am not ordinarily a fan of "art" quilts, but yours is such a cool piece. i love the theme. it is like Alice is looking into the Cheshire cat's house. very, very nice.

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    That is one of the nicest quilts I have seen in a long time. You can tell
    it is well thought out and lovingly made.
    Awesome job!

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    Thanks everyone for your kind words! The show is this weekend & the Challenge quilts will be up for viewer's choice balloting. I'll let you know if I nab the ribbon! LOL :wink:

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    Very imaginative, creative, you are a true artiste :D I too love the couch and the curtains wonderful, the cheshire cat was the perfect addition :D

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    You've used wonderful imagination and executed your vision expertly! Good luck. Any chance you can show us some of the other entrie?

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    I'll post a link to my quilt show pics next week. Since I'll be there from set-up to take-down, I'm hoping to get pics of everything! :wink:

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    What a wonderfully gifted person you are. I am sure this would win some prize.

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    Sue, I sure hope this one nabs a ribbon - what a fantastic idea and wonderful execution! I think the cat was just the perfect addition :D

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    How wonderful! You have a creative imagination...and your step by step instructions are terrific... are you a teacher :?: - you could be! Good luck this weekend, youv'e got my vote!! :D :D :D

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    It looks like a winner to me!!!!---And, the progression of pictures from the vision to the final product was very interesting and gave me much more appreciation of the quilt when it was finished. (I particularly like the Cheshire cat....it really ties it to Alice.....)

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    Very very imaginative!! Great work.

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