I’ve taken a step back from quilting after the rush I went through to finish my last competition quilt. The joy of quilting was lost in the frenzy and not qualifying really sealed the need for a break. Weeelll, way back in the throws of quilting happiness I had signed up for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge, but optimistically thought I wouldn’t be chosen for the free fabric draw.
How it works: They mail you fabric, you create something quilted with it, enter it and possibly win a prize. If you receive a free fabric cut you are agreeing to enter. Otherwise it jeopardizes the future of such competitions sponsored by fabric manufacturers.
As you might have guessed, a little padded package arrived in the mail with 3/4 yard of Sashing Stash by Riley Blake. Ugh. I had so little motivation. finally a month before the deadline, I started collecting some coordinating fabric only to receive word the deadline was extended two months over an unexpected mailing issue of some sort. Did this motivate me to start? Not really. I had my fabric ordered, but without a solid idea for the design, I was largely unmotivated. Even the lady at the local quilt shop told me I better get moving.
Then, folding the clothes, you know, like I do EVERYDAY!, I happened upon a moment of inspiration from these Victoria Secret undies. The design is meant to mimic cross stitching and after much searching online I couldn’t find the pattern, so I made my own, using these as a guide.
And I give you the Caught in a Cross Stitch quilt.
Ahead of schedule I might add. The entry deadline is May 31st.