Saturday, February 22, 2014

Nothings Gonna Change My World... except Project Quilting Challenge 4

It's snowing!!!  That has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of this post, but its nearly the end of February, and all we've had here is a light dusting like a month ago.  Sadly, I've been peeking out all morning, and its doing very little actual sticking. 

Well now that the PNW weather report is out of the way.... guess what time it is??  Project Quilting time!  It's challenge #4 for season 5, and I am really getting into the swing of this, I think.  My quilting still leaves something to be desired (skill? talent?), but it's steadily improving.  AND my cursive hasn't had so much practice in like 15 years. 

So this week's challenge?  Across the Universe. 

Those of you that knew me in way-back-when know that I LOVE The Beatles.  I went so far as to collect most of their albums on vinyl.  Which means, as soon as I read the challenge, I was singing this song in my head pretty much non-stop.

It's been kind of a long week here, trying to catch up after being sick, and I wasn't sure I'd actually get to it, but I kept coming back to the challenge, and finally on Thursday I was slightly less behind and decided it was time to get to work!

One of the amazingly talented people who run Project Quilting showed her "sneak peek" and I got a little nervous, since she was clearly doing the song, and there was NO way I could even compare to her talent, but I knew I wouldn't be happy if I took the theme any other way. 

So after gathering a little helpful advice from my friends (thanks Lisa, Deb, and Kim!), I drew out my first sketch.  With im inspiration the following line from The Beatles song Across the Universe:

"Limitless undying love, which
Shines around me like a million suns,
It calls me on and on across the universe..."

Keep in mind, I can't even draw stick figures...

 I'll give you a minute to stop laughing...

Done? No?  Okay, one more minute.

 Okay, now that you're done laughing at my complete lack of artistic abilities... I laid out my plan in fabric (a much more comfortable medium for me). 
Anything space related is better with a TARDIS, right?
I added a sun to the TARDIS and the floating person, and then appliqued and stuffed them all...

So once I got it all together it was time for some FMQ.... which is sort of not my strong point... but I think this came out pretty good.  After some squiggles on the purple (see above) and some wavy lines on the music print... I twas time to do something with the space area....

  This is where my very rusty cursive skills came into play.

I actually had to stop and write out letters a couple times because I wasn't sure I was doing them properly.

And here is my finished wall hanging.... which is going right above my bed... as soon as I go get a rod to add to the top and bottom.  I am calling it Undying Love.

I want to send a special thank you here to my friend Kim at Sew and Tell with Mama Eggo for introducing me to this challenge, and forcing me to work outside my comfort zone.


  1. Awwwww thanks for the shout out! :) so glad you have joined in and pushed yourself outside your comfort zone!!! This is great!!!

  2. So happy you found time to make something! Fun plan, and great project ... you're a PQ master!

  3. So Fun! I want to thank Kim too - you're a fabulous addition and I love seeing what you come up with!

    1. I am having so much fun with this! It's such a great break from the norm!