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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Swiftly Fly the Years - Project Quilting Season 6 / Challenge 2 - Sunrise/Sunset

Several years ago I came across this exciting way to challenge my brain and creativity
in quilting.

Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The Challenge:


  1. Your inspiration for this challenge is Sunrise/Sunset.   Use what inspires you…the colors...the images...the things you do at this time of day.’
  2. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
    1. Include patchwork.
    2. Include applique.
    3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  3. Your project must have a name.
  4. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge.
  5. Link up your FINISHED challenge piece to the linky bySunday, January 25th, 2015, at noon

Whoo, just made the deadline...

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the challenge was 

one of my favorites!
When I was in elementary school we performed some of the songs
from The Fiddler on the Roof 
and I can still can remember most of the words to the songs.
(I just don't sing out loud anymore..)

I used my snow dyed fabric as the sunrise/sunset fabric because I always thought it would be perfect for such a quilt.
It's only taken me 2 years to cut into this fabric.
The pattern is my own.  The suns were heat appliqued and then cut in half and sewn back together.
(I had added a 1/4 inch at the bottom of each half circle so when they were sewn back together they remained round.)
Then I blanket stitched around the designs.
The roof and chimney are raw edge applique and the fiddler is part applique and part thread painting.
Painting with thread - his bow and the neck of the violin.
I liked the way the blocks looked set on point.

The quilting is freemotion echo on most of the quilt.  The inside of the suns are a swirl design.
The above picture is after the quilt was washed.
BUMPY GOODNESS...my favorite part.

Swiftly Fly the Years

Sunrise/Sunset Challenge 2–Project QUILTING - Season 6

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas

Size:  48" x 48"

Patchwork, Applique, Thread painting
Freemotion quilting 
Fabric - cotton hand dyed

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
January 25th
by clicking 
(If you voted for #64 before Friday, January 30th, 2015 it would be so nice.)

Labeled and ready to hang on my wall. 

This one is mine.
(I can't let go of the fabrics)


Trish Frankland said...

Your dyes are AMAZING for this, aren't they?!

Createology said...

It is easy to see why you can't let go of this beautiful quilt. Your fabrics are pure bliss. Clever Creating...

Kris said...

I wondered if you were going to make one this week. Great job that is really cool an I love that fabric!

PersimonDreams said...

Completely drooling over your snow dyes! LOVE it!!!!! The whole piece is just wonderful and I'm happy that you've enjoyed PQ so far!

Pamela said...

It's gorgeous! The design, the fabric, the applique, the quilting - all are awesome.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow the colors in that are amazing. Love the way it looks.

Unknown said...

this is gorgeous! i hate cutting into my snow dyed fabric!

MegsAnn said...

Wow! I had wondered where you found such lovely fabrics. I'm super-impressed that you dyed them yourself. The pattern you made up is great too. Bravo. www.quiltartbymegan.com

Vickie said...

VERY very good work, I am most impressed ! This is a beautiful piece Carla. I understand why you didn't want to cut into this fabric, it's gorgeous. I'm on my way to vote for you right now !

Glinda ♥ said...

You are sooooooo talented! Your skill has grown immensely in the time I have been following you ... well done, my friend, you should feel very proud of what you have achieved :)