It’s very, very difficult keeping secrets from this blog! I’m so excited to finally show you my very first Hoffman Challenge Quilt, entitled A Moment’s Reflection.
The quilt measures 40″ square. I used Electric Quilt to design the quilt and test color ideas. I used the Inklingo 4.5″ Winding Ways shape collection. The quilt is entirely hand-pieced and hand-quilted.
When I originally picked fabric, I found a gorgeous black with gold polka dots. Unfortunately, the fabric was as dark on the back as the front, so I couldn’t print my shapes on it with Inklingo. Instead, I used a black Michael Miller fabric from my stash, and painted gold dots on after I printed and cut out the shapes.
I used Sulky cotton thread for the quilting, and quilted allover in a Higaki sashiko pattern.
In one corner, I quilted a cherry blossom, and echoed around it in circles. The higaki pattern reflected the background of the challenge fabric. The fabric made me think of a Japanese garden, which inspired the idea of a cherry blossom on water.
As much fun as this quilt was, next time I will quilt it differently. The combination of a heavy (think embroidery floss) thread, lots and lots of seams to stitch over, and hand quilting meant I used over twenty tapestry needles on the quilting alone, and the quilting stitches were not as uniform as I would have liked.
I’m really glad I entered this challenge. It pushed me to work outside my normal comfort zones, and empowered me to try new things. The judge’s feedback was not as scary as I expected, and provided some good insight to apply to next year’s quilt. Best of all, the quilt will be traveling with the challenge for a year! In January, it will be in Jefferson, Texas, which is close enough for me to go and see it!!! In case you’d like to see it in person, it will be traveling with trunk G, and all the schedules are listed on the Hoffman Challenge website.
Once I wrap up a couple designs for fall Market, I’m going to create a pattern for this quilt. I’m excited to see how it turns out with different fabrics and color schemes. And my mind is already spinning (literally) with possibilities for next year’s quilt. This is the challenge fabric:
So many quilt ideas, so little time!!