International Mini Quilt Exchange

I entered in the International Mini Quilt Exchange from The Quilt Show website sponsored by Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. The point of the challenge was to pair a quilter from the US with an international quilter, make a mini version of a quilt with size requirements, each have a year to bond with each other through the year on email and social media, each meet the deadline of the contest then the judges select teams which then travel across the country to quilt shows. The quilts that are not selected will then be exchanged among partners. In theory this sounded great but my story did not pan out this way. I was paired with a quilter from Canada who is a professional long arm quilter and teaches on quilt cruises. We befriended each other on Facebook and then communication stopped. I have no disrespect for Canada but I was hoping to be paired up with a quilter from across the globe AND perhaps gain a new quilter friend. I could drive to Canada if I wanted to thus not a huge different from Upper Michigan where I live. This partner made no contact with me on FB until about 3 months before the deadline date to see if I was still interested in the quilt exchange-I said yes. I completed the quilt seen in the first photo and entered the contest. I notified my partner on FB that I did so. I never heard from her. The judges selected their winning teams. I found out my partner had never entered her quilt. I was disappointed. I contacted her on FB and found out she had personal issues and she did not start the project. I told her I would keep my quilt. What is the lesson learned-to just stick to myself and not be paired up with a stranger that you can not depend on.  So let's talk about the quilt!! It is 18" x 24" inspired by a paper doll book I own. I made 5 "dolls" representing hair and fashions from the 1940s through the 1980s. It was all very "mini" in size but it was fun to challenge myself to create on a small scale.

I entered in the International Mini Quilt Exchange from The Quilt Show website sponsored by Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. The point of the challenge was to pair a quilter from the US with an international quilter, make a mini version of a quilt with size requirements, each have a year to bond with each other through the year on email and social media, each meet the deadline of the contest then the judges select teams which then travel across the country to quilt shows. The quilts that are not selected will then be exchanged among partners. In theory this sounded great but my story did not pan out this way. I was paired with a quilter from Canada who is a professional long arm quilter and teaches on quilt cruises. We befriended each other on Facebook and then communication stopped. I have no disrespect for Canada but I was hoping to be paired up with a quilter from across the globe AND perhaps gain a new quilter friend. I could drive to Canada if I wanted to thus not a huge different from Upper Michigan where I live. This partner made no contact with me on FB until about 3 months before the deadline date to see if I was still interested in the quilt exchange-I said yes. I completed the quilt seen in the first photo and entered the contest. I notified my partner on FB that I did so. I never heard from her. The judges selected their winning teams. I found out my partner had never entered her quilt. I was disappointed. I contacted her on FB and found out she had personal issues and she did not start the project. I told her I would keep my quilt. What is the lesson learned-to just stick to myself and not be paired up with a stranger that you can not depend on.

So let's talk about the quilt!! It is 18" x 24" inspired by a paper doll book I own. I made 5 "dolls" representing hair and fashions from the 1940s through the 1980s. It was all very "mini" in size but it was fun to challenge myself to create on a small scale.

This is a close-up of the 1960s paper doll. I found the cute hair bow in the nail art department of The Dollar Tree. I used a sequin for the oversized earring.

This is a close-up of the 1960s paper doll. I found the cute hair bow in the nail art department of The Dollar Tree. I used a sequin for the oversized earring.

This is the close-up of the 1950s paper doll. This doll has lots of embellishment including the sweater buttons and the poodle collar/lease.  The 1940s paper doll has fishnet stocking with a back seam, victory roll hair, gloves and pearl jewelry.  The 1950s paper doll has a poodle skirt, bobby socks and saddle shoes, a ponytail and neck scarf.  The 1960s paper doll has Twiggy inspired shift dress and hair, ;ight pink frosty lips and white go-go boots.  The 1970s paper doll has a halter top, wide bell bottom pants and  platform cork bottom sandals.  And the 1980s paper doll has a side ponytail with a scrunchie, leggings and leg warmers and an off the shoulder top wide a wide belt a la Flash Dance!  I had a great time making this mini quilt. I probably should get out my seam ripper to remove the personalized "K" on the 1950s sweater.

This is the close-up of the 1950s paper doll. This doll has lots of embellishment including the sweater buttons and the poodle collar/lease.

The 1940s paper doll has fishnet stocking with a back seam, victory roll hair, gloves and pearl jewelry.

The 1950s paper doll has a poodle skirt, bobby socks and saddle shoes, a ponytail and neck scarf.

The 1960s paper doll has Twiggy inspired shift dress and hair, ;ight pink frosty lips and white go-go boots.

The 1970s paper doll has a halter top, wide bell bottom pants and  platform cork bottom sandals.

And the 1980s paper doll has a side ponytail with a scrunchie, leggings and leg warmers and an off the shoulder top wide a wide belt a la Flash Dance!

I had a great time making this mini quilt. I probably should get out my seam ripper to remove the personalized "K" on the 1950s sweater.

2012 Hoffman Challenge Entry Award Winner!!

I entered the 2012 Hoffman Challenge for the third year and I received an e-mail yesterday from the curator letting me know my quilt called "1940s USO" was awarded the Best Incorporation of the Challenge Fabric for the Mixed Quilt Category. Oh Happy Day!! I made this last November and could not post it until now! This was such a fun project. I saw the large  purple floral (challenge fabric) as 1940s curtain fabric and I am obsessed with 40s/vintage hairstyles and that's how it began. I used my "Black Bob" pattern and after researching 40s style make-up and eyebrow shapes I changed the eye shape, brows and hair to fit the decade. I was a paper doll junkie as a child and my daughter (who is also obsessed with the 40s) gave me a big girl paper doll book of 1940s fashions which inspired the hat and jacket with the big shoulders. I made vintage earrings with beads, trapuntoed a fussy cut flower on the hat and ruched some variegated ribbon through it, added flower shaped sequins and beads in the hat, added a bit of purple with pink tulle to the hat like a fascinator and a few rhinestones aroulnd the borders. I added a mini flange near the binding which I had never done before. Most of the other fabrics are from Pine Street Quilts in Marintte WI where I work on Tuesdays. I prequilted the Convergence background before I fused the applique on and then quilted the applique over the other quilting. My daughter named the quilt when I saw her at Thanksgiving and I stared at it in my studio until I mailed it in June. I am happy it will travel for the next year and lots of people get to see it. Soon the 2013 fabric will be exposed and I can try the challenge all over again!!