Für meine deutschen Leserinnen: sorry, dieser Post wird im weiteren Teil nur in englischer Sprache sein. Wer mehr über die Entstehungsgeschichte von "Winter Puzzle" auf deutsch lesen möchte: dieser Blogpost ist in beiden Sprachen verfaßt: das fertige Teil.
When the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival was announced, I started to consider which piece to show. Pretty soon I knew the answer: "Winter Puzzle". For several reasons: winter is just around the corner, I had a ton of fun working on it and I'm sooo proud of this piece :-))
"Three Creative Studios" announced their two-monthly challenge at the beginning of the year and the first theme to be announced was "Puzzle". And when I read that word, something funny happened. "Puzzle" is a German word, too - but the meaning is much more limited. A German "Puzzle" is just a jigsaw puzzle - nothing else. I could not get rid of this special meaning, and ideas started to flow. A jigsaw puzzle has two sides - oh, I want to do a two-sides piece! At that time (January / February), we were experiencing a strong, cold, snowy winter. I like the limited palette of colours and the fascinating structures you only see in wintertime. So yes, I want to do a Winter Puzzle! And it should show both sides ... At this point I almost gave up: how to construct that ??? Suddenly I realized - I could use squares! 25 different squares, grouped in rows by five. YES! And off I went ;-))
So I picked 25 wintery pictures, some taken by me, some taken by DH Jens, some taken by friends (and 2 were taken by Amy's husband - she kindly gave me permission to use them). For the "backside" of my puzzle pieces I pieced / quilted / embellished 25 squares of handdyed/handpainted fabrics. By the way: I had dyed the fabrics, and DH painted them with acrylics.
The binding was done with a lovely white knitting yarn. I feel it adds to the snowy look. DH helped me assembling the whole piece and built a hanging construction. And now - here are both sides of "Winter Puzzle" !
This August it was in the exhibition "Festival of Quilts" in Birmingham, UK (category: Quilt Creations). The comments of the judges were pretty nice - one even tempted me to make this the beginning of a serie - I might do that! Thanks for reading - I would feel really honored if you leave me a comment or if you come back to my blog once in a while ;-))
And don't forget to check out all those other amazing quilts over at Amy's. You might use the button at the right side of this blog or this link or the one at the top of this post - they all take you to hours of fun ;-))