Family Ever After have launched their third SEWVIVOR series, and this season is the Quilter's Edition. Ahuh!
It has taken me a couple of weeks to work up the courage to write this post and throw my hat in the ring, but here I am.....
I LOVE a good challenge! I love being thrown a curve-ball or a quilt-ball shall we say..... I have been told I am a "quilt-churner" or prolific quilt maker, and have on many occasions whipped together a quilt in a day. So, I think if the judges were to throw in a Survivor like challenge of say, eating a kilo of chocolate whilst winding a bobbin and burying threads - I'd say I could manage that!
So, if you will, read this post with the background sound of Destiny's Child and Beyonce, belting out:
"I'm a survivor, I'm not gon give up, I'm not gon stop, I'm gon work harder; I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I will survive, keep on survivin"........
The Quilt I have chosen for this auspicious occasion is my Butterfly Bloom Bloom Quilt. Some of you who have been around here for a while may very well remember it? I finished it over a year ago, as a gift for my daughter Chelsea. When I was debating which quilt to enter, I ummed and ahhed, but then took in to account what the Sewvivor rules tell me:
Although I have "grown" as a quilter in the past twelve months, I feel this quilt represents the beginning of a real LOVE for quilting and the entire quilting process. This was my first quilt-along (with Lee from Freshly Pieced) and it challenged me in ways I did not even think possible! It was the first time I'd thought, really thought, about fabric selection and the way it can change the look of a block. I mean, who knew there were low and high volume fabrics? And tones??? I almost gave up before I even began!
It was the quilt I really got the hang of free motion quilting on!
I had a ball adding in words and butterflies.....
I also went to town piecing the back.
It was also the first time I appliqued scraps of fabric to a quilt.
And lastly - it taught me all about the importance of precise cutting and piecing!
So - there you have it! Consider my hat thrown! I'm looking forward to watching Sewvivor unfold - regardless of whether I'm in it or not - I will be sewing along!