I submitted this quilt to Quilt Con this morning! It was Quilt 489.
Of course, I think of this quilt not as "489" but as "The Full Stops Quilt" since it is based on a paper collage by Anna Betts called "Full Stops." You can see the collage here along with process shots of me dying the fabric circles.
For anyone who is new here, I sell the plexiglas resists used to make shapes while dying in my etsy shop. The process is a variation on immersion dyeing (read my tutorial here) and the shapes ship with complete instructions for clamping and dyeing. I'm mostly-out of circles at the moment, but they will be back soon, and I'm getting hexagons, too!
I started thinking about this quilt in 2010 and did some of the dying then, but I did most of the dyeing this summer and then the piecing at a retreat with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. A few months later, a week before the Quilt Con deadline, I decided to see if I could finish this quilt up and submit it! This was, of course, the day before leaving for my Thanksgiving trip (5 days out of town). I had a little bit of piecing left to do, so I put some hustle in my bustle, finished the piecing, and then packed up the quilt top, some batting, and a back with me to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. I pin-basted the quilt at my parents house.
By the way, check out my mom's dog, Olive.
Crazy cute, right?
Once back from my trip, I snuck out to the studio whenever I wasn't needed at work and by Wednesday night had this baby quilted and bound! The quilt then went through the washer and was ready for photos on Friday morning (this morning!)
I was so excited to wake up and see a bright-but-overcast day. That's my favorite light for photographs.
This orange wall is attached to Spur Studios (where I work on my quilts). I have always liked the color.
The quilt is held up with masking tape. I was a little worried that the quilt would fall off, so I threw my easily-washed not-easily-stained fleece blanket on slightly-wet-and-cigarette-butt-littered ground. That slipper? That's my camera case at the moment. :-) My old case doesn't fit around the longer lens I keep on the camera now and the slipper is clean and padded. I don't know if anyone oversaw this photo shoot, but if they did, I can only assume they were greatly amused.
Especially as I moved around to get close-ups from a variety of angles.
This little piece remains my favorite.
I hope this quilt gets to go to Quilt Con! I think the show is going to be great and I'm really looking forward to taking classes--I'm signed up for classes with Sherri Lynn Wood (Friday), Lotta Jansdotter (Saturday afternoon), and Denyse Schmidt (Sunday). There were many more classes I was interested in, but only so much time in the day and money in the wallet, so decisions had to be made. If only I had a time-turner and a million dollars.