Friday, October 9, 2020

Quilt Quark Gallery - Valorie Kasten

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

Behind the Fence is a 36" x 36" quilt 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-assisted motifs and ruler work (below is a detail photo).  I ended by using six 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 Quilting, 

Valorie Kasten
"Behind the Fence" by Valorie Kasten

Close up of text from fabric used.

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