Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Snowy Evening - Challenge quilt revealed

Last night was our guild's Christmas party. It was great to get together before the holidays with ladies that all share a love of fabric and quilting. Of course there was lots and lots of food and chocolate, etc and good conversation. The party was held at Cheryl's house, a member who opens up her beautiful home to us every year. She is the only female in her household with four boys and her hubby but it has to be one of the feminine looking homes I've ever seen. She loves the Victorian era and her house is a real showcase! Of course it was decorated for Christmas and was really beautiful.


Now, for the challenge!!! I received this year's super secret challenge soon after our June picnic. The challenge was called A Snowy Evening. and was based on Robert Frost's poem "Walking by Woods on a Snowy Evening". The quilt could only be 24 inches wide but could be as long as you wanted. It is and has always been one of my favorite poems and ideas immediately started to swirl around in my head.



Here is my entry which I called "Mr. Frost Converges with Mr. Tims on a Snowy Evening". I had never done a convergence quilt before and I am hooked!!




My original inspiration fabric was a landscape piece with white pines on it but I had a hard time finding any other fabric to go with it. I stumbled onto the Hoffman batik with the trees in a shop in Greenfield, Mass and the other pieces were right next to it.

My drawing skills are kindergarten level at best but thanks to good old Google I was able to find coloring pages of a horse and sleigh to use for the silouhette.The words, of course, were running through my brain the entire time I was putting the quilt together. I had such a great time making this quilt. .


The gal who comes up with these challenges couldn't be there last night which was a shame since there were some fabulous quilts. She is always trying to get us to stretch our quilting skills and our imagination. One gal is a fabulous hand quilter. She had always wanted to do a whole cloth quilt. Her entry was white with trapunto snowflakes and exquisite hand quilting that looked like swirling wind. Another gal got around the width issue by making a book! She had pages which depicted the different parts of the poem and it was all bound together on a white pine frame! Lastly, a gal did a circular quilt in the shape of a snowflake. The center of the snowflake showed a little town in the distance and the road with the horse. It was made entirely of felted wool. Everyone agreed we all stepped outside of the box on this challenge.

Of course, forgot my camera! But another member is going to send me pictures which I hope to post soon!

Well, that was my last major quilting obligation. Now I am going to take a little rest from quilting and pull out the knitting needles. I have a couple of scarves to finish for Christmas. Now, is it knit 1, purl two or purl two, knit 1??

11 comments:

Fiona said...

This is such a lovely quilt - I have no idea how you make convergence quilts but the effect is fabulous.

Clare said...
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Clare said...

Like Fiona, I've no idea how to make convergence quilts but yours is beautiful. I love that Robert Frost poem - it's one of my fabourites

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

beautiful quilt - you did a wonderful job. love the words on it and great job with the different fabrics.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Your quilt is awesome! Can't wait to see the others, especially the snowflake one.

Libby said...

What a fantastic quilt . . . you certainly rose to the challenge. I look forward to seeing the others - but I bet I already know which is my favorite *s*

Angie said...

It is absolutely GORGEOUS! I LOVE it!! What an awesome quilt!

Debra Spincic said...

Great quilt and definitely answers the challenge theme!

Kathy Wagner said...

Wonderful wintery quilt!

Jeanne said...

Your Snowy Evening is beautiful! I love the poem And your depiction of it.
Jeanne :)

anne bebbington said...

This is truly magical - to be honest I have looked at many of these convergence quilts and thought 'Why?' but this uses the technique so cleverly and the horse and sledge is gorgeous.