Midsommer Quilting, Radstock
As any customers of my favourite British quilt shop know, Chris, Brigitta and De hold an annual challenge for their customers, asking them to create a small 12” x 12” quilt on a given theme. The quilts are displayed at a fabulous exhibition in the shop during November / December and then auctioned to raise money in support of Dorothy House Hospice
Previous challenges have been on the subject of fruit, books, movies and for this year….Music
If you have not seen any of the previous quilts then make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and settle down and take a look. Click on the red words above to see a gallery of each of the previous years' fantastic entries.
As a break from another challenge quilt I am working on I decided to let my mind wander and see what I might do for this year’s challenge. I got out my pencil and my sketchbook and started to doodle. Whenever I first start to think of a quilt this is the way I usually start. I thought I would share what I have come up with so far!
You can see, it really is just doodle at this stage, but already I have too many ideas I want to explore and think about. I like the idea of close-ups on instruments and musical notation. I was thinking of Elvis and the Beetles too, but I think they may turn out to be a popular subjects, so I may steer away from those, unless something really cool comes into my mind. Then I started to think of Musicals..... 'Cats', the dreaded 'Sound of Music', 'Joseph'..... lots to think of here, and then on to classical music – silhouettes of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart ... Orchestras and a crazy conductor ... Or how about the different genres of music? Jazzzzzzzz, Rock ‘n Roll, Punk.... Do, Ray Me... (back to the Sound of Music again).....
How about Gramophones, vinyl records, tapes, CD’s juke boxes, iPods, the zombies who walk about with their enormous headphones, Ghettoblasters on your shoulder....
So much to think about, but luckily there is time - well, until about November.
I can't wait to see what everybody makes - It is going to be 'The best yet' as Chris will surely say!