Saturday, December 31, 2011

Inspiration Avenue's final 2011 challenge

Something old, something new
something borrowed, something blue

Pretty, Priti Lisa issued this challenge, the last in 2011. She wanted it to be special, so special it is! It was fortuitous I made several blue quiltlets for Christmas gifts. It was a hard choice, but given the circumstances (no working computer, no scanner, and a very difficult way to get this photo off my camera), I was especially lucky to be able to enter Inspiration Avenue's final challenge of the year just under the wire. In fact, I didn't even know what the challenge was until earlier today.

I actually tried to utilize all the aspects of the challenge with this quiltlet. Something old: background fabric I overdyed using Staz-on reinkers. Something new: fabric I purchased or received from a friend, who I ended up making this quiltlet for. Something borrowed: the technique, which I hope to show in a tutorial right after the first of the year. Something blue: do I actually have to explain that one?

Thanks Lisa! You are the BEST. You made this challenge something I could actually handle. Now I hope this inspires everyone to visit Inspiration Avenue to check out all the wonderful entries that all my IA friends posted over the previous two weeks. And I promise to visit as soon as I'm back up and running again.

By the way, Happy, Happy New Year to each and every one of you, my dear, dear friends. Even though I've been unable to visit, many of you have been in my thoughts these past several weeks.

8 thoughtful remarks:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Glad you had a chance to post on the challenge! I've made wall hangings and quilts and really appreciate the work in your piece--I bet your friend was so happy to receive it.

Happy New Year!

priti.lisa said...

It's a wonderful quiltet, Elizabeth! I assume it is a banner/wall hanging from the loops. I am amazed that you made all the elements fit so seamlessly. So happy you didn't give up and managed to share this gift with all of us. Although the picture of you trudging diligently to the neighbors to make it happen makes me feel a bit guilty. Thankfully you have nice neighbors...can't imagine what would become of me if I was caught knocking on my neighbor's door.
Happy, happy New Year my friend♥♥♥

gma said...

It would be fun to get some like minded gals together to do a quiltie exchange.I love this! A great medium for art.Happy New Year.
Yay I have a new computer and do not have to be anon anymore.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

This is really beautiful and glad you found the time to make something so wonderful... so impressed with the sewing abilities.... hope the new year is being kind to you!!!

Halle said...

Love that blue!!

artangel said...

It's gorgeous Elizabeth - what beautiful blues! I'm happy you had time to submit. Happy New Year to you too :)

Lenora said...

your friends are blessed to have someone willing to put hands and heart into their Christmas! Fun!

Terrie said...

Hope your technical issues are resolved - it's such a pain to want to enter challenges and the technical side isn't working! This looks like a lovely hanging - bet she loved receiving it!