Challenge 2016 – Let’s go to the Fun Fair!March 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm | Posted in Patchwork | 4 Comments
It’s a tradition by now that our quilt group does a challenge every year for our exhibition. Coming up with themes and fabrics doesn’t get any easier, so this year’s was a bit unusual. Here’s the fabrics we had to use, sorry for completely forgetting to take a “before” picture, so you’ll have to make do with the scraps:
The light green fabric isn’t a traditional patchwork fabric, but a waxed cloth like you’d use for a tablecloth that you can clean easily. The red was selected as a contrast colour for this, and there was a big green bead as well.
With this as a starting point, the result was sure to be very different from last year’s challenge quilt:
The green fabric reminded me of one of those pretty balloons that are for sale at fun fairs, and from there I came to the idea to create an image of the fun fair by night. I used lots of beads and sequins to try and capture all the blinking lights. Here’s a detail of the Ferris Wheel, so you can see the beading a bit better:
As always, I’m trying to make those challenge quilts with materials I already own, as an added constraint. I was pretty good with this one, I think I only bought the dark green sequins specifically for this project.