Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends. Cheers to all of you! All of you make my life and work so special and I am truly grateful.
Do you like a challenge? Our Twin Cities Quilting Challenge is back for 2017. After taking a year off I decided I was once again up for the challenge of organizing this event. If you are not familiar with our challenges here's how they work: You make a quilt between now and the challenge deadline. Your quilt needs to be "on theme" for our challenge. Your deadline to have the quilt at the store is early May (specifics TBD). There are some rules and guidelines for the challenge listed below. We celebrate in May! All the quilts hang in the shop during May. We have a great big party! Those who enter a quilt in the challenge get their name entered for prizes- pretty good ones! After the quilts hang at Twin Cities Quilting they go up to Duluth and are part of a special exhibit at the 2017 Minnesota Quilt Show and Conference.
This year's theme is (are you ready!) "The Power of Three". For centuries visual artist and craftsman have been creating work with three strong visual elements. Sometimes this is easy for the viewer to spot and sometimes it takes on more of a supporting role. The best way for me to explain this concept is through examples. So here goes...
In the first group most of the examples are from our store (you may have purchased one of our patterns or kits). It has to do with organizing your elements into three columns or rows.
Both of these are fairly simple examples. Both use three columns to organize the work. Please note that with the baby quilt there are also three main visuals, each in it's own column with a supporting cast. The reason I bring this up is because simply using three columns or three rows of blocks is not quite enough. There needs to be three elements in these columns or rows that really catch the eye.
The next three examples are a little more complex but emphasis the same principle.
The first quilt although in rows really showcases three visual elements. Some have called this three belt buckles. Ha! The second quilt also uses three rows. But in this quilt what really illustrates "the power of three" is the sections of framed triangles. The other element in the rows is simply a nice way to fill the space so the sections of framed triangles can be different lengths and asymmetrical. In the third quilt we also use rows but what really takes center stage are the three big blocks. But this quilt without the border wouldn't work. It would be way too simple without anything to really make us take a second look. The border on this quilt elevates and makes this design more complex.
There are other ways to use this concept of "The Power of Three". I'll explore these options in upcoming emails.
Here's the "fine print"/rules for our exhibit:
Sign up for the challenge in the store. In order to sign up you need to make a $50.00 purchase.
Deliver your quilt by the deadline mid-May. Exact date to follow.
Come celebrate at the party and talk about your quilt. We are all interested in knowing how you created your quilt. Who knows you may win a great prize.
Let us display your quilt in Duluth at the 2017 Minnesota Quilt Show and Conference.
Pick your quilt up at Twin Cities Quilting the third week in June.
I hope you're excited. I'll let send out more emails showing how "The Power of Three" can be used in different ways.