"Northern Lights": CMQG 'Calendar Challenge' and on exhibit!11:38:00 AM
My guild, the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, recently put the challenge out to its members to create a quilt inspired by an assigned season.
The quilts will be judged, professionally photographed and the winners will be showcased in a charity calendar to raise funds for our guild. (When the time comes, I'll make sure to post a link if you'd like to see, and maybe even purchase one. If you know me in real life, you'll probably be getting one for Christmas... hee hee)
We, as a guild, have also been fortunate enough to be asked to showcase our 'Challenge' quilts with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo when it comes to Tinley Park in November. The quilts will then tour the country with the show for the next year!
So on to my part of the Challenge.
I was assigned the season "Winter". Of course, originally being from Vancouver, I had to throw a little bit of Canadiana in the mix.
When I was a kid, we would visit family in the northern prairies during Christmastime. At night, you'd be able to see the most amazing natural light shows you could ever imagine - the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis.
If you've never seen them in real life - look them up - you might be able to see a video on You-Tube. The sky literally dances with the most amazing greens, blues, purples and pinks.
I've borrowed a few images off of Google to give you an idea of what they look like if you've never seen them:
|Image courtesy of The Guardian.co.uk|
|Image courtesy of onebigphoto.com|
Hopefully, I achieved that.
Here's my 2013 CMQG Challenge Quilt: "Northern Lights", 38" x 39":
|"Northern Lights", 38"x 39"|
|I love the contrast of the black against the greens.|
|I decided to quilt it with a lime green thread, to accentuate the greens;|
vertical quilting through the 'sky' portion, offset by horizontal of the black landscape and skylines
|close up of quilting|
|and my first ever D.I.Y. quilt label, attached the backside of the quilt.|