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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Linda Pooles' Iridescence Small Quilt Contest-Please Vote

Linda Poole announced her Small Quilt Contest for her first line of fabric, Iridescence,  little over a month ago.  I really like Linda and loved the class I took with her earlier in the year.  So when I saw the contest I thought about entering.  I've never, ever, ever, ever done a challenge and this was my first.  I had noooooo idea what I had gotten myself into.....and I'm glad I did not know in advance because you know how hindsight can be....LOL.

The challenge required that the panel or strip (any part/piece) and three coordinating fabrics in the Iridescence line and three fabrics of my own choosing.

This is what I started with:

I had absolutely no idea where to go with this fabric.  It seemed to lend itself to squares and triangles because of the panel.  Keep in mind I've never done anything like this before.  I have always had a pattern to start with.  I scanned all my fabrics into my EQ7 software and began designing a quilt.  I was very proud of myself and I thought I had come up with something that looked pretty good. morning I woke up and decided to try some techniques that I've never done before.  I've seen some quilts where there were varying size I just decided to start making things and see what would happen.

This is a block I made....and I really like it too.
Here is another block
And another
And yet another.....
Then a mishap......honestly I don't even know if I can call it a quilt turned out more like a size B bra cup (turn it on it's side and yep....that is exactly what it looked like, without straps).

Ok, I liked these....but I could not find a direction to take them into.  Nothing was coming together for me.  I let everything sit for over a week....and still nothing.  Then I had what I thought was a great idea.  I have lots of books and so many techniques that I want to I grabbed a book in the stack and decided to just give it a whirl....what did I have to loose right?  It happened to be Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilt.

(a photo of the book)

Well....ok then....I guess I'll slice and dice this fabric up and see where it goes.  The first Convergence I tried did not converge at all.....and I was lost.  My girlfriend Rosemary came to the rescue and helped me create the actual convergence.  Then I added a it all on....nope...didn't like it at all.

Then of course there were a long series of self made dragonflies....several and lots of print and fuse going many sheets used and wasted it is a crime.

NOPE!  A few more days pass and I decide all the vertical and horizontal lines are just too stark.  This piece needs some movement.  But what?  I Googled "Dragonfly" and every photo had dragonflies on or near green green leaves it is!!!
But which green?  This went on and on and on....for days.  It was 11:50 PM on the 4th of October (the deadline for the challenge) when I finally sent Linda the photo below.  I decided this was going to be finished and I was done.  I felt like I had given birth again. 
I think an appropriate title for this piece is "flying by the seat of my dragonfly pants" don't you? 
Linda has posted all the entries on her blog.  Who wins?  The person with the most votes of course.  Now....I do want everyone who reads the IHAN blog to go over and vote.  However....I only want you to vote for the one you like the honest!!!  If it is another one you like the all means vote for them. 




  1. I love what you did with the fabric, really creative and beautiful art piece. That is wonderful fabric to work with. Will go check out the entries and I am honest to a fault, lol.


  2. Hi Kelly, Yes....I did look at the other entries, but your story of how you created this won me over..I love the Fly by the seat of your dragonflies....and you got my vote. Terrific job.

  3. I love what you did. The 3-D effect was great! I voteded!


    By the way, We're here!

  4. They have close-ups of the other entries, but not yours. Why is that? I think you would get more entries if they showed the close-up photos so they can see the layers of fabrics for all the dimensions. I really love what you did with it - it is truly unique and beautiful. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Kelly! I am SO proud of you!!! You did a great job!! And I agree with Deborah, they should have given a close up of your sweet quilt. I voted for YOU!

  6. Kelly
    Your quilt is awesome!!! I love it!

  7. Gorgeous, dahling, simply GORgeous!! Of COURSE you have my vote, but you earned it!! That's just beautiful, and the story behind it is too funny (and hits home - I love using patterns, but find myself creating without one all too often!) But tell me, please, what are you gonna do with all the squares you made (the bra I figure you'll make another & use as your bikini)??? Please tell me you are gonna give 'em away!! :) I admired that fabric since I first laid eyeballs on it, and when I win the lottery, I'm gonna buy up all of it I can find. I'd love to have wallpaper like that! Thanks for doing the challenge and sharing the results with us!

  8. Why are there no close-ups of your quilt? I think if there were more pictures, there would be more votes. I can barely see the dragonflies in that picture. I voted for you! I love the quilt, especially the 3D effects going on. And I love the story behind it too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh I have just finished putting the border on my first Convergance quilt and I am going to use some machine embroidery to embellish it. Yours is so lovely they fabric is just to die for.

  10. I love the story of how your quilt came to be, thanls.

  11. your close-up pics in my email and have added them to the blog!!! Love your story of everything you went through....gee whiz girl!

    Hoping your readers realized this fabric is for purchase also!

  12. I honestly look at the others and I like yours. It is very unique, modern art and makes me want more, love it

  13. Your quilt was awesome and I did vote for you. Good luck. I did get the invoice and thanks! You're the best!

  14. You got my vote, Kelly!! That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!


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