This year's Inland Northwest Machine Quilter's (INMQ) challenge was to create a 30" symmetrical wholecloth. The Warm Company had given me a baby size Warm & Plush batting--their latest product at Spring Market. It was so new, they didn't even have the packaging ready and for months I wasn't sure what it even was. I decided I would use it on my challenge piece. The Warm Co. has provided today's giveaway and I hope you'll enjoy reading about my process of creating this wholecloth, and seeing the results.
Taking inspiration from the Sharon Schamber class presented in March of 2012 in Spokane, WA, I designed the symmetrical wholecloth with a 1/8th section on vellum on a scale of 6" radius so I could put my mirrors on it and see how it would ultimately look. Then scaled it to a full 15" right angled side and traced key elements on top of a lightbox onto the fabric with a purple 'evaporating' marking pen and mirrored it 7 more times.
Only thread work was allowed in the challenge piece and it provided the batik that had hints of pink/purple/blue in it. I chose to work with various threads with a pink tint in the center moving to purple and ultimately on the outer edges, blue. Mostly using Wonderfil threads including their metalic, hologram and 100 weight (fills). The feathers are Signature variegated 'pansy patch'. A bit of blue metallic Madiera and YLI silver was also used.
link to their information about it. It is a very soft 6oz per sq yd of 100% pre-cleaned, needle punched cotton! It has no scrim and has 50% more cotton than their Warm & Natural or Warm & White products. This makes it heavier and warmer.
The Benefits of Needlepunch
- Will Not Separate or Bunch
- Contains No Glues or Resins
- Will Not Beard - Shift or Migrate
- Quilt or Tie Leaving Up To 6"Open
- Once Quilted, Machine Wash & Dry
This was my first legitimate wholecloth and most pre-designed quilting work I've ever done. Learned a lot though!
The story continues when I showed pictures to the Warm Company representatives at the mini-market put on at EESchenck in September. They loved it and wanted to use it at Houston in their booth. Wow!! That was exciting.
It was already scheduled to be in the Spokane show right before Houston.
These are the ribbons from that show given by the show viewers (the yellow one) and show attendees that are members of INMQ (the purple one), and then it was shipped to Houston for International Quilt Market.
If you by chance were at Houston and happened to get a photo of/in their booth and it captured my quilt --I'd sure love to see it!
I almost like the backside better!