If you're looking for the LINKY PARTY, it is open HERE!
The original post from February 2016 outlining the BeeSewcial prompt can be found HERE including inspiration photos. Stretching my creative and social limits as well as pushing how to construct the blocks for this bee is partly the motivation for choosing the theme. The other is simply the attraction to the visual elements that are evoked by the word Stretch. The palette is all about my love of wearing jeans.
A few design phrases that were given include "flexible, pliable, organic, in motion, layered and intertwined". The makers all put their own personal touch into their contribution and created incredible blocks that could stand alone. It was my task to join them cohesively and retain their individual awesomeness the best that I could which I took very seriously.
|Finished STRETCH 56"x78"|
Machine Pieced blocks by: BeeSewcial members Karen Foster (me), Stephanie Ruyle, Leanne Chahley, Hillary Goodwin, Kari Vojtechovsky, Debbie Jeske, Anne Sullivan, Marci Debetaz, Felicity Ronaghan, M-R Charbonneau, Sylvia Sutters and Machine Quilted by Sharyl Sheppard
|Detailed Quilting by my sister Sharyl|
I am very honored to announce that "Stretch" was chosen to be exhibited in the Bee/Group category at QuiltCon in Nashville Tennessee, February 2019 and that I'll be able to attend. Our bee mate Anne Sullivan is one of the three judges so the quilt won't be eligible for a ribbon but the opportunity to have it seen and enjoyed by so many is reward enough.
|Artsy Redwoods Photo - of course!|
|All Stretched out at Retreat|
A Look BackSeveral of the blocks were hand delivered at QuiltCon February 2016 and the remaining arrived by mail shortly after. They sat in an intimidating pile for so long. Part of the delay was because I wanted to sew the quilts in order which meant that I'd need to complete the 2015 theme Reflections first. When that quilt was completed in 2017 I no longer had an excuse to move forward!
|Blocks Received 2016|
|"Formal" Jeans theme family portrait|
|An early layout version mini-retreat 2017|
|March 2018 retreat|
|2016 Finish Along Goal|
It may take me longer than other makers and that's okay - to each their own pace. I get to check off two from my 2018 FAL Q4 Goals (originally blogged) and link up Stretch along with Lone star. LINKY PARTY is open HERE!
|2018 FAL Q4 Goal mosaic|
I don't even want to know how many hours I spend fiddling with the bridging options or just how many times I ripped out and started over. It really doesn't matter since that is just part of the process that ultimately I love. With that said - it's also a step that I'm hoping to streamline so that I can get tot the final results without quite as much mental gymnastics.
Also, bragging with a link up to Beauties Pageant 15 with Bolt to Beauty.
Happy Stitching, Karen