Beyond my wildest dreams, my Uptown Girl twisted log cabin purse/fascinator set was named BEST OF SHOW at the Wings Falls Quilters Guild show this past weekend. It scored a perfect 100 points, every quilters lifetime goal. A very gutsy judge made what I am sure is a very controversial decision to name a PURSE Best Of Show in a QUILT show. Her comment was that it should have earned the maker a scholarship to the Fashion Institute, my teen-aged dream. I’m honored and very happy, indeed. It was one special weekend!
As a teenager, my dream was to be a fashion designer. Life took me in other directions. These days, creating fantasy fashions that I will NEVER wear, is a fulfilling way for me to fill idle hours.
My local quilt guild’s biennial quilt show is fast approaching. As part of the show, there is a log cabin challenge. I always take the “unusual” approach to this challenge. No bed quilts for this art quilter!
This year’s challenge entry began with one of my many unfinished projects, my attempt to create an abstract beaded “whatever”. Having spent many hours sewing tiny seed beads onto canvas, I didn’t want the piece to end up in a drawer along with all my other UFOs. I decided to complete the beading and use it as part of my log cabin entry.
From silky fabrics that complimented the beading, I made eight twisted log cabin blocks that eventually became a purse. The beaded piece was used as the flap.
To add a touch of whimsy, I completed the ensemble with a “fascinator”. Using a fabric-covered headband as my base, I attached three double-sided twisted log cabin blocks, added some tulle and beaded the sides of the headband. A teenager’s dream come true! Now, if only I had the guts to wear my fantasy fashion in public!