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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Seasons of Love - Project Quilting Season 7, Challenge 2

Here I am again, cutting it to the last minute......again....

Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week (due by noon TODAY- central time) to create something quilty.
This is the second challenge of six for Season 7 of Project Quilting,

The Challenge:  Seasons

Seasons of Love quilt 

The Rules:

1. The inspiration for this challenge is Seasons.  You can choose one season or all of them. Or pick another meaning of seasons, maybe seasons of life. It’s up to you! 
2.  Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline. Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements: 

  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
4. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge. 

5. Link up either a blog post or flickr image by Sunday, January 24th, 2016, at noon, CDT

If you've seen the musical (or movie), Rent, it's easy to recognize my inspiration for this quilt.
  "Seasons of Love" is a song from the Tony award winning musical written by Jonathan Larson.

I've been watching my friend Vickie over at More Stars in Comanche make the most beautiful collage quilts and decided to try my own version of one. 
I would say the above picture pretty much tells the story of how I put it all together.

And a rough draft of the words going around the heart.
That's 525,600 minutes.  The total minutes in a year.  The colors represent the seasons and the ups and downs of love. 
 I could go deeper here, but I'm sure you get the drift....

After everything was fused down I did as quilters say, "I quilted the crap out of it" or "matchstick quilted." That will hold all those free edges down.

You are looking at the last time I quilt like this.  I did not enjoy it  at all.  I guess my type A personality can't deal with the randomness and I hate the way it makes the quilt lay. 
 I will do a tight stipple on my next collage quilt.

I will make more collage quilts, though.  I loved finding interesting little pieces of fabric to add to the composition.

Seasons of Love
Project Quilting Season 7, Challenge 1 - Seasons
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  38" x 38" wall hanging
Quilting - matchstick on my domestic
Lessons learned:  Chalk pencil does not dissolve like regular chalk
I don't like matchstick quilting (already said that, sorry)
You get what you pay for with fusibles

When cutting very thin pieces for applique, make sure it is high quality fabric so it doesn't fall apart when pulling the backing paper off.  ha

Overall I really enjoyed the collage process and WILL definitely do it again but
I've promise my hubby that the next challenge in PQ7 will be a small one.  lol

Vote for your favorite season quilts


PersimonDreams said...

absolutely wonderful! I was thinking of this song too and one point! Stunning~!

Lia*s Handmades said...

wow, i love this, sooo amazing!

Unknown said...

Nice work baby... Your work is always amazing. ...

Paula said...

A really beautiful quilt. Truly amazing work!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Awe that is a fabulous quilt, and I like the matchstick quilting. I will say my few attempts at using fusible I am not always thrilled with my results. I am sure it is a learning process.

tubakk said...

You really is one of my favorites, and I just voted for you. This is such an impressive challenge, and I have to look for the next one.

Leah said...

Fabulous! Love all the colors! and the lettering is perfect! Beautiful!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Wonderful inspiration! I'm in awe of the lettering:)

Kathy E. said...

Gorgeous in every way! Thank you for sharing your photos and tips! I want to make one now!

Laney said...

Lovely quilt! I like the matchstick quilting, but I don't think I would enjoy doing it either. :) I imagine it makes the quilt a little stiff. I am wondering about your collage process/fusing process - did you apply the fusible before or after you cut the pieces?

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Just voted for yours! It's spectacular!

Nancy said...

This is absolutely spectacular. I really like the technique and am going to check it out. I'm off to vote!

Deonn said...

Whoa, Carla, this is amazing! I love the colors, the sentiment (now I'll be singing that song all day), and even if you hated doing it, I love, love the quilting. Bravo!

Scrapatches said...

This is gorgeous, Carla! Amazing work. Going to vote now ... :) Pat

Needled Mom said...

Wow....that is incredible. Stunning work!

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the idea of a collage quilt. Now I want to try one.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!

Carol S. said...

Oh my goodness, Carla. This is gorgeous! I've watched Vickie make some amazing pieces and I've loved them. I need to make one now, too. I love your heart!

Mary W Quilts said...

Love this! Definitely my favorite of the seasons quilts? Hope you win. 😊

krislovesfabric said...

This is so pretty! Love it :)

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Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Fabulous!!!! And I voted too!