My challenge quilt for Minnesota Contemporary Quilters is finished. This quilt gave me some growing pains while I was working on it. I have been working on improving my quilting for traditional quilts. So when it came time to do something contemporary, I was a little confused about how to quilt it. I like how the painting turned out and honestly, I was afraid I would mess it up. How many times do I let fear hold me back? I really let this quilt sit there longer than I should have out of fear.
It dawned on me to think of my sewing machine as a paint embellisher. I just wanted to highlight the painting and add more texture to the finished product. That's all it took, a little shift in my thought process and it was done.
The challenge this year is "Abode" in whatever form it speaks to you. My abode is a saquaro cactus and living inside is a family of gila woodpeckers. My inspiration came from a photo I took while vacationing in Arizona. The photo is of the cactus with the hole just beckoning a family to move inside. I found the woodpeckers in a Dover book.