|Me and Mom, baking cookies! (Christmas 2003)|
|My mom, Alice, and brother, Robert, Christmas 1995|
About six months before the conference, I entered a quilting challenge at my local quilt shop, Queen B's in Antioch, CA, that came with instructions to include the two fabrics in the packet with whatever others we wanted into some creative project. I chose the fabrics to go with the challenge fabrics and decided to make log cabin blocks. Included in the challenge packet were the darkest purple used in the log cabins and the lightest orchid fairy frost used for the collar. I put the blocks up on my design board and there they sat for what felt like months! I'm sure it was only weeks since there was a deadline looming for the shop challenge.
|Creating the log cabin blocks|
|Playing with layout options|
|Photos of Mom were photo transferred to the centers of each appliqued heart|
Ultimately it became a stunning kimono-type vest that incorporated log cabin blocks, machine embroidery, applique, photo transfer, and free motion quilting, and took second place in the Queen B Quilting Challenge of 2011.
|Vest front and back, details of collar and inside label & heart|
|Liz speaking at the AASC National Conference, 2011, Orlando, FL|