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Hoffman Challenge 2007 Quilt
by Helena

This is the quilt I made for the Hoffman Challenge 2007. The quilt is a part of the challenge's travelling collection. If you come across it in exhibitions at quilt and other fiber guilds, shops, museums, and textile shows, please let me know your opinion. I would be very interested in hearing from you.

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The finished size of the quilt is 36" x 42".

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The background was pieced out of 2" x 2" squares cut out of green and blue fabrics.

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The challenge fabric was used to make a wavy frame for the scene. I placed a piece of the fabric on Steam-a-Seam2 fusible adhesive, then cut out four long wavy strips. The strips then were placed onto the pieced top.

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All characters and flowers were embroidered on organza with water soluble mesh (Vilene). After the embroidery was finished and the mesh rinsed away, I cut away the excess organza and placed the figures onto Steam-a-Seam2.

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Then I put together a meadow with flowers and fairies. I actually embroidered all the fairies from the Magic Fairies, Little Fairies I and Little Fairies II sets, but after playing around, ended up using only six of them. There were also extra flowers left over. When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I ironed all elements to attach them to the quilt top, as required by the Steam-a-Seam directions.

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After this, I quilted all over the quilt in a free-motion style. I used 12/80 quilting needles and 40-weight thread. There are also some places on the meadow where I used 12-weight thread. This heavy thread was in the bobbin and I quilted from the back of the work.

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The quilt has a rectangular shape and is finished with binding.

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I then additionally embellished the top with small beads in different shapes and colors to add just a little bit of "fairy" sparkle.

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I hope that you liked my idea and will come up with many of your own.

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