Last year the Quirky Quilters had a small challenge inspired by Treasure Hunt fabric designed by Marcia Derse. Each of us was given a swatch of the fabric to use as inspiration. There were no other conditions of size or style.
My swatch had very few colours, mostly beige and dark grey and a tiny stripe of purple with a design of two crosses. It is the top right of the piece above.
I had recently viewed the film Greyhound and to me the colours connected with the scenes of storms in the North Atlantic. I decided to make a quilt of a storm over the ocean.
Using only fabric from my stash, I created strips of fabric in colours of beige and dark grey to combine for the sky and the rain.
Cutting and piecing in curves using improv design, the scene steadily came together.
Next I inserted two crosses in the bottom right corner.
This was more difficult than I expected. I intended to use an insertion method that works for circular shapes. Until I tried it, I didn’t realise that it is impossible to use a sewing machine to get into the concave corners.
BTW, in case you missed it, this technique is not recommended for concave corners.
I unstitched the crosses, and reconstructed the fabric as best I could using iron-on interfacing. I then inserted crosses using a more traditional two step method.
The quilt was trimmed and finished off with a faced edging – my preferred binding for small art quilts. The finished size is 49cm x 70cm to comply with the size requirements of WAQA Challenge (even though I was too late to include it).
I displayed the quilt at the March meeting of CQG where Quirky Quilters were presenting. It’s actually not quite finished. I am going to hand quilt some big stitches into the crosses to imitate the design on the original fabric.