Yes, it's true! I have officially been named the Queen of Quilting by none other than Pat Sloan herself! I was even bequeathed a CROWN!
My crown also came with a wonderful box of goodies! FOUR cuts of fabric (I think I was only supposed to get one ~ how awesome is that!) PLUS an autographed book by Pat Sloan, my crown (of course) AND a wonderfully summery and festive hawaiian centerpiece, which we are keeping on the table in our kitchen so we can see it when we have our family meals!
You may remember, I was participating in one of Pat's Quilty Games (hosted at www.DeathByQuilting.com) Death By Quilting: The Cabana Boy Challenge.
And I was planning on posting an elaborate death scene, where I was killed by a lethal but beautiful 'quilty' weapon.
However, wonder of wonders, I actually WON!! (so you will all be spared my very amateur and dramatic video efforts)
First I completed my first "weapon" and mailed it on to an "Agent" in Alaska. We had a pattern and a kit, to which we added both fabric and creativity. In this first weapon, I adhered strictly to the pattern guidelines and used both the supplied fabrics as much as possible.
I used the 'Cabana' panel as my label. I thought the label turned out really cute. It's a great and summery panel and very fitting for the challenge.
Then I finished a second "weapon", that was mailed to me in-progress. This is also a very fun and summery "interpretation"
The pattern is followed closely, but the fabrics were used minimally. I love how the original 'Agent' used the Cabana panel on the front of the quilt. I mailed this finished 'weapon' on to my second "kill" in Florida.
And finally, after a glorious win, and the obligatory victory dance in which my entire family chanted "Queen of Quilting" to me, I received my final "weapon" this one also is in-progress and I show it to you here in the state I received it. ALMOST completed, basting still in place. I can't wait to finish this one as well, as this one I get to keep. The original 'Agent' on this 'weapon' had a really fun interpretation of the pattern and also used the cabana panel on the front of the quilt. I love that. She also used the beautiful blue fabric supplied in the kit, very liberally.
This was such a fun challenge, I hope I'll be able to play along in the next round.
Also, I wanted to make a full-size version of the 'Cabana' pattern as a beach blanket, or a summery picnic blanket and what did Pat Sloan do? In between the taping of a segment of 'Quilt Out Loud' she found the fabrics, and made them available to me on her website!