Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quilt Qwazy Queens and the Kitsch Quilt

Flimsy backing
Celebrating International Quilting Day, Marian at seamstobesew is hosting the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop. This is my second year participating in her event with last year's submission here. This year's participants are listed below:

My UFO began this year as three pre-constructed 12" red and cream blocks from a mystery quilter.

A couple of weeks later I added to my collection 4 more pre-constructed red and cream blocks from yet another mystery quilter. With the first batch of blocks, there were numerous precuts so I constructed more 12" blocks. 
And then there were 8.

In the meantime, my bid won on a discontinued Moda wildflower jelly roll from a certain online auction site. In that roll was the right colored "red" for my sampler blocks. I also wanted to tone down the block brightness and focus attention away from the lighter cream colored blocks.

I was struggling with this quilt and I knew it. Here I went and committed to this project for this hop and I was doomed. A bed-sized quilt it would never be. 
I even photographed it upside down (see the house block)
One practice of mine is to include in my current project a bit of my most recently thrifted fabric. Last month, I purchased some secondhand preprinted panels, wolves howling at the moon, and the Lord's Prayer. But this wasn't just any Lord's Prayer, it was a horse, and descending doves and paradise. It was kitsch, every inch of it. 

My first thought was "Noooo," but then I saw the possibilities. Once you go Kitsch, you have got to fully commit to it. The panel coordinated with the material used on the front of the quilt. Another aspect of a pieced backing is it requires a lot of fabric so a big panel helped fill in that gap. 

Now I've grown to love it, in all of its awkwardness. Moral to the story, you can use other quilter's blocks but sometimes it just doesn't feel right. Kitsch Quilt is NOT part of the giveaway but there ARE giveaways in this hop, they are:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Aurifil Grunge 10 Spools 50wt - 50.00
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Quilters - if you happen to have UFOs, WIPs or fabric orphans you would like to adopt or give away, visit Cynthia at quiltingismorefunthanhousework for the Quilty Orphan Adoption Event now through March 17th.

4/6-Updating post to link up with Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts for Finish It Up Friday. 

Stay tuned because next month will be all about Blogging from AtoZ April Challenge. I'm back with the gang, linkylist and all. The challenge theme reveal post will go live on Monday, March 19.

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