Just as my Plover cushion returned from a show yesterday. Today was time to send my Swan in the Moonlight off to the Netherlands for a show there.
It has been a long process and I have loved every step.
Earlier this year I saw an ad for the Open European Quilt Championships 2016. I looked into it and found out everyone can summit a quilt and that there are a few categories. The one I was interested in was this years theme championship and the theme is "20" since this is the 20th Championship.
So it all started with trying to design a pattern.
After thinking about it a drawing some ideas for a few day I started to set up the picture. One day at the waiting room at the doctors I made this sketch on my iPhone.
By this point I had decided how it should look. Now it was just a matter of my abilities as a quilter. I am relatively new quilter so I did what I had recently learned. If I was starting now I would make it differently but I am still happy with the result.
I used my enviroment as inspiration and at a trip to Yamaguchi I saw a Swan I used as a model for my quilted Swan.
At a trip to Hajidamu I took some pictures of trees I had in mind while making the applique for the tree in the quilt.
The fabric I used I got from FatQuarterShop in the US. I tried to use some contrasting colors to give it depth. When I had all the pieces where I wanted them I had to do some quilting. With so many leafs the quilting took its time. I asked my quilting group on Facebook for advice and almost everyone agreed with me. What do you think?
Finally I decided I would finish it off with facing instead of a binding.
I used my clips from the 100 yen (dollar) shop from Japan :)
So here it is ...
I have had some help on the way, specially from my top helper Margret.
My Swan in the moonlight.
Now somewhere on its way to the Netherlands. Too bad I can't join it and go to the show myself :)