Thursday, January 5, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8

My friend, Kim Lapacek, has gotten a bit famous for her yearly competition "project quilting." Kim is an amazing quilter who has contagious free spirit. I have been one of her sponsors for the event for a few years. I always love to watch the beautiful projects as they are entered, and sometimes I participate too. There is still time to join in. No one gets eliminated. You can do as many or a few of the challenges as you want.  This first challenge for the 8th season is inspired by the number 8. I googled "8" for inspiration and saw the bagua, which is an 8 sided, 8 colored symbol with a yin/yang at the center. A long time ago, I put out an applique pattern for yin/yang and it's fun to do, so that became my project. I used the harmony pattern enlarged 140% and figured out how to make an octagon out of triangles for the background.  The binding was done by trimming the background fabric after quilting to 3/4" larger than the quilt and then folding over twice.
I posted a few process photos on instagram as I went.  There you can see how at home the finished quilt is on my wall too. The finished piece is about 12" square. Made in Spokane, WA, USA