Friday, October 9, 2020

Quilt Quark Gallery - Valorie Kasten

While COVID-19 certainly turned my goal of entering more quilt shows/contest in 2020 topsy-turvy, it did not completely stop me!!

Behind the Fence, is a 36" X 36" quilt that I created especially for Hoffman California Fabrics' Hoffman First Stitch Challenge 2019/20.  

The original design is 100% pieced.  The successful fussy cutting of the text from the fabrics was really assisted by the tips from Kitty Wilkins' lecture/workshop. 

The quilting is a combination of custom robotic-assited motifs and ruler work (below is a detail photo). I ended by using 6 different threads ranging from 40-100 weight.

Like many other organizations, Hoffman Fabrics pivoted with style. They extended the entry deadline and went from the usual year long traveling show of juried challenge entries to a virtual show.  Please check out the winners (including mine) under the Award Recipients tab and all of the accepted entries under the Gallery tab at .  

Yes, you read that right -- Behind the Fence received the first place ribbon in the Pieced Category.

Happy Quiting, 

Valorie Kasten

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