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!
As a person with a hyper-active imagination, I absolutely LOVE a challenge. Our local guild, as part of its bi-annual quilt show, has a log cabin challenge with 3 categories; bed quilt, wall quilt and clothing. All entries must be at least 75% log cabin. Bed quilts are not my thing, so I usually design entries for the other two categories. I lay awake nights dreaming up something that will WOW the judge. Since I like making evening purses, that’s where I began creating my challenge entry, using diamond log cabin blocks in silk and satin. Once the purse was completed to my satisfaction, I felt it needed an accessory to complete the look. That’s how the headpiece came about. Each of the petals is made of two diamond log cabin blocks, back to back. Except for the lining, the headband is also completely log cabin. I named the entry Harlequin Chic. Yes, it caught the judge’s eye and it was awarded 1st Place in the clothing division. My sleepless nights have begun anew as I dream up something for this year’s challenge.