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 https://www.hoffmanchallengegallery.com/awards-receipients .
Yes, you read that right -- Behind the Fence received the first place ribbon in the Pieced Category.
|"Behind the Fence" by Valorie Kasten|
|Close up of text from fabric used.|