If you missed last weeks post I laid out some framework for our challenge and told you some of the specific rules. As always, it was far from complete (I think it has something to do with having way too many things to do at once). We had a great question at the store last week. What are the dimensional guidelines for the quilts entered in the challenge. So here it is: All four sides need to add up to 200" or more. I chose this measurement for personal reasons. When I was creating my own art quilts it seamed like most of my quilts ended up at approximately 40" wide by 60" tall (80" + 120" = 200") or larger. So it follows that I think this is an ideal size to make a quilt for the wall. Not to say your piece needs to be an art quilt or a wall quilt. Any quilts larger than this size, for instance a bed quilt or a slightly larger baby quilt are a perfect way to make a statement. I also chose this size so that the amount of work you put into your challenge quilt is significant and those making a larger quilt don't feel that someone else made something small that took a great deal less time. It's my way of trying to make the challenge fair for all participants.
Today I am going to illustrate the idea of three focal points. This is another fairly easy concept. If you think about what catches your eye in some quilts it can be three elements which grab your attention right away, before you have an opportunity to take in the whole quilt. Here are some examples:
So these are the easier ones. Three circles in the first quilt, three plants in the second quilt, and three flowers in the third. This is pretty much the first thing you're eye registers with these quilts. After that you see the bigger picture.
These two quilts also have three primary focus points- the circular shapes. The second one also fits into another category which will be the topic of another post- three segments. Here they are the three circles, the lighter left side of the quilt and the darker right side of the quilt. More on this later.
Once again, I want to make it clear that your quilt does not need to be an art quilt. But as I search for quilts to illustrate the challenge theme, "The Power of Three", I know these quilts are original and thought up by the maker. This is also something you need to keep in mind for our challenge. This year your quilt needs to be an original- not someone else's pattern. An interpretation of someone else's pattern is fine as long as you are planning to give them credit.
If you think of any other questions I need to address, please let me know. I'll post all of the criteria on our website on the events page once I'm confident that most of the rules are addressed and the dates are set. But start thinking about your entry now. Come to the store and sign up soon. As I stated in my previous post, you need to sign up for the challenge in person when making a purchase of $50.00 or more. Someone also asked me if they could apply their loyalty points to the $50.00 purchase. The answer is no. This helps keep the challenge fair for all participants.