I am a traditional quilter, but for this challenge I tried something new. My teammate and I live in very different climates. Here in northwestern Pennsylvania, we have a true four seasons as compared to Australia’s two: hot summers and cooler winters. I attempted a landscape quilt that showed some local sights in all of the four seasons. Out of a window frame, spring, summer, fall and winter are crafted out of fabric. My teammate Caroline and I decided to make our own designs, so our quilts will be a total surprise for each of us. We have communicated through many e-mails, getting to know each other’s quilting experiences, climate, geographical locations, family, traditions, etc. In many ways we are very different, but quilting is one of our common threads. We have talked about meeting someday. I am not much of a traveler so, I think that will mean Caroline will visit me on one of her trips to the states. . I am sure the IMQE challenge has sparked many long-lasting friendships and has made quilters from around the world seem like close neighbors. It has been a wonderful experience and I am anxious to see all the creative mini quilts that have been entered.
Techniques used: Free-motion quilting on a domestic machine. I also used raw edge applique, hand-sewn beads and buttons with some crystal embellishments. Clip art objects and birds for each season that were printed on fabric and fused.