When Calvin and I moved to Indianapolis in 2012, we happily attended the State Fair. We had fun wandering around a looking at the cute animals (especially the sheep in spanx). But what I enjoyed the most was the Home and Family Arts Building. I learned that you can enter a craft item, food item, Lego sculpture, just about anything in the state fair. It will be judged and potentially awarded some sort of prize. I was in awe walking through the quilt section, and I thought to myself “I could make a quilt to enter in the state fair!” Since then that thought has been stewing in the back of my brain, so imagine my surprise when I learned of the Creative Sewing Challenge.
The French Seam has partnered with the Indiana State Fair for the Creative Sewing Challenge 2013. Contestants may enter one of three categories (crafts, quilts, or apparel). Kits are purchased from The French Seam starting April 1. The kits contain three different 1-yard cuts of 100% quilting weight cotton. Contestants may make anything of their choosing and may add whatever they like to their kit, but they must use at least some of each fabric in their kit. Entries must be submitted by August 11 for judging and awards at the State Fair. Winners will receive a gift card to The French Seam.
I was there at noon on April 1st to get my kit. I wanted to have the best selection of kits. The kit I chose contained a red and white stripe, a large floral on a green background, and a small floral on a green background. All three fabrics are from the Divine collection by Rosemarie Lavin for Windham Fabrics. I was also able to snag a few remnants she had left over after getting all the kits made. So I ended up with a nice variety of coordinating prints, and a couple of nice solids. I picked up a pretty solid baby blue from JoAnns to use as a background fabric as well. I am hoping my project has a fun summer feel since the fair takes place in August.
I think it goes without saying I decided to enter the Quilt category. I am going to make a small wall hanging/baby quilt (small enough that I can comfortably complete it by the August deadline, while still working on all of my other projects). I wanted to incorporate traditional piecing, raw edge fusible applique, and some sort of 3 dimensional aspect to showcase a variety of skills/techniques. And big aspect of this quilt is going to be curved piecing. *Fingers crossed it all turns out. And if anyone is interested in a tutorial on how I do curved piecing leave me a comment!
I have high hopes that I will be able to free motion quilt this project when the time comes. So cross your fingers for me and keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal in August!