I started a new quilt today. I don’t really need a new project but this one is special. It is for Animals We Love, the 9th Annual Quilt Alliance Contest
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
- to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
- to make information about quilts available to a broad public
- to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost
I am a big fan of all they do for quilting and I really love the theme for this year’s quilt contest
The theme is “Animals We Love” and quilts are to be 16 inches square. Here is more information http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/projects/galleries/Animals%20We%20Love/guidelines/
Of course I have to make a Teddy quilt. I have plans to some day make a big whole cloth with Teddy as the subject, but for this little quilt I don’t think it would work so I am doing embroidery.
First I marked off 16 inches square and then drew the picture
Then I went over it with a black marker to darken it
I need to dark because to transfer it to the fabric I place the fabric on top and trace, the dark lines show through the fabric.
I tried it on a blotchy fabric to see how it looks
It is hard to see the lines in the picture but they are there. I decided that plain white was better. (but I will probably finish both)
I started the embroidery
When I finish that I will hand quilt it. I might need to add a bandana applique.