So, there is the Cherrywood Challenge. This is the third challenge that they've done. The first year, they had a bundle of their hand-dyed fabric in greens (3 FQ) and a black (1 FQ). The theme was Wicked. I first became aware of this challenge when I saw some of the quilts displayed at their booth in Houston. Here's a link to the Wicked challenge on the Cherrywood website.
The next year, the theme was The Lion King and the hand-dyed fabrics were golds (3 FQ) and a black (1 FQ). I saw this show in Houston last year and I was blown away. It was the MOST SPECTACULAR show of quilts that I've ever seen. I was blown away!!!! I've put the link above so you can check out some of the quilts.
All the quilts are 20" by 20". You can order a book of the top quilts. There are posters, etc.
The theme last year was Van Gogh and the fabrics were blues (3 FQ) and a black (1 FQ). I should say that it's not cheap to get involved in this challenge. The bundle of four FQs is $45 US. But I had purchased The Lion King bundle (did nothing with it) and so I bought the Van Gogh bundle. I had spoken to the owner of the company at one show and she had indicated that there were 303 entries in The Lion King.
I figured why not make a challenge piece? And I could use The Lion King Bundle with the Van Gogh bundle.
Yep - so there I am, a few days BEFORE the August 1st deadline, madly working on the piece. I knew there wasn't enough time to make a winning design, but I wanted to make something and I wanted the experience. What did I learn? I didn't have nearly enough fabric and you can only use Cherrywood. Turns out a quilt shop near Shelly sells Cherrywood and she was able to get me a few extra pieces so that helped but it still wasn't enough. The idea came to me while I was quilting on the long arm one day. A wee bit of research and I was good.
What did I create??? Here's my piece. I portrayed a quote by Vincent Van Gogh and I tried to use his style of painting (in a VERY simplistic style). My problem was I did NOT have nearly enough fabric to make the pieces tiny like actual brush strokes. That is the "live and learn" part!
|Challenge piece for the Cherrywood Van Gogh competition|
I used the snippets technique and this piece is stiff!!! Then I threw it on the long arm and had a lot of fun with a colored thread on the back. Oh - I want to do more of that!
|Detail of the quilting|
Now there is a LOT of good news to this story. By the way, I should say that they received 465 entries this year! They will be showcasing the quilts at Houston next month and because they had so many entries, they have a created a second show both of which will travel to different locations around the world.
SO -- you MUST MUST MUST mark on your calendars the dates of Nov 30 - Dec 2 because one of the shows will be on display at The Cotton Harvest in Seaforth, Ontario. This is the PREMIER show - at least it's the one that will be in Houston so it has the top winners. It will be so worth going there. I'll see the show in Houston so I won't need to go. HOWEVER, there's going to be a challenge for 2018 - the theme hasn't been announced yet. I did notice that you could buy 1/2 yard cuts (instead of the FQs) which is an excellent idea in the event you are thinking of entering this challenge. I think I may be taking a trip to Seaforth just to get MORE Cherrywood so when I do work on the 2018 piece, I'll have LOTS of fabric to work with. The new challenge will be introduced on November 1 (in Houston). I wonder if the Seaforth store will be selling kits???? If they are NOT, they should. Shelly - it's your job to find out!
I see the second show will be at Grand Rapids, Michigan at the AQS show (August 22 - 25, 2018). Might be worth a drive to that one. Ah - road trip buddies? Are you in? And of course, I'll get the book as I did with the last two challenges.
The moral of the story is - don't be afraid to enter a challenge even if you know you won't win. Did you notice the difference in the level of detail in the winning pieces and mine? Pretty different, but I learned so much from making my piece and it made (and makes) me happy so it was a success to me. However two things going forward - allow some time way in advance of the deadline to work out the details of the design, style, and technique. Then if you're missing fabric - get loads of it! Like I said, I couldn't use anything but Cherrywood and no place close to me!
On that note, I'm out of here.
Have a great day!!!!