Friday, March 31, 2017

AHIQ Challenge finish


THE REVEAL:  I entered the quarterly Ad Hoc Improv Quilts challenge run by Ann of Fret Not Yourself and Kaja at Sew Slowly.  Several years ago I was inspired to make a wall hanging symbolizing Hope.  When their challenge was Chinese coins pattern I made a number of false starts and then remembered  Hope.  So my project became Seeds of Hope, buried deep in rich soil and waiting to sprout toward the sunlight.  

I found all the dark scraps I could and included the bright patches to repellent the life in the seeds.  The sun was attached with Modge Podge on a scrap of old tie dye for sky.  I used Grunge fabric strips for their earthiness.   It measures about 16 X 30 inches.  

The backing came from my stash, showing the flowers that bloomed.  It also became the binding.

The quilting was done freehand,with my walking foot.  It represents God' life force moving in the seeds.  
The border is a very rough idea of vines or leaves.

Here is a good view of the overall quilting.

After a rough week and a rush to finish this, I'm really looking forward to April and the new AHIQ challenge from Kaya.
Wishing all of you a lovely springtime.

I'm very happy to be linking up with Ad Hoc Improv Quilter at Ann's blog, Fret Not Yourself.  Please check out the fascinating things shared there by really talented people.


  1. Wow, Paula, this is a quick finish. I like your quilting; it reminds me of they way some quilted the Madonnas. A good way to interpret God's life force.
    This is a lovely mini that let you explore the idea and use some older stash without sucking all your time. You certainly got your message across. I need to try this size some time myself. Congratulations and thanks for linking with #AHIQChineseCoins again.

  2. This is a beautiful mini Paula, and so inspirational. I especially like the way you interspersed the "seeds" through the "coins".

  3. What a great finish - I like how you have carried the meaning of the piece into the quilting too; that's an idea to remember!