Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Challenge Quilt

Last night at Northern Star Quilter's Guild meeting our challenge quilts were displayed and voted upon. I was chairperson this year and the theme was Going Green. Each participant had to use some recycled material in their quilt. Ribbons were given (First, Second and Third) in three categories, Best Use of Recycled Material, Best Use of the Color Green and Best Environmental Message. I was so delighted to win a First prize and one of our fabulous ribbons for The Best Use of Recycled Materials.
My quilt was made entirely of recycled material. My water was made of painted dryer sheets, the sand---- used tea bag papers, crushed egg shells, and thread ravelings. The seaweed-----twist ties and raffia, and the cardboard core from paper towels.  The coral----Styrofoam fruit wrappers. The colored fish-----paper paint samples from Home Depot and buttons, the silver fish----soda cans.  It was a lot of fun to work on.
We had 26 entries and every year I am amazed at the creativity and imagination that go into these quilts. The exhibit will now travel to Lancaster to be displayed at the Quilter's Heritage show, April 4-5, then again at our guild's show, World of Quilts on May 2-3.

Here's a detail of the colored fish. If you click for a larger view, you can read the names of some of the paints.


Robin said...

It is hard to imagine that it is all recycled...well done.

Kathy York said...

I love the paint sample cards. What a great idea! Congrats on such a lovely piece!

Carole said...

Congratulations Norma... this is fantastic!
An inspiratiion you are to be sure.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Norma ... love your "silverfish"! Congrats on a fun and unique quilt.

Johnni Schell said...

too, too, fun, Norma!! what a great piece!

Anonymous said...

Norma, what a fantastic GREEN piece! Congratulations!

Vivien Zepf said...

Oh Norma, this is FANTASTIC! A well deserved first place. Amazing creativity.

Anonymous said...

Very creative piece!! I love the movement of the composition and use of color. Barbara T.

Unknown said...

Aren't paint samples the best??? I love this..all recycled? wow!! i've used a tea bag in a quilt once, but AS a tea bag!!!