GillyMac Doodle Challenge -Sewing Up Week 3

You’ve made it … Week 3. This was a tough week – so much happening for us all and you still have kept up with the doodle challenge – brilliant work everyone !! The stars and the 1/2 moons were probably the most stretching this week, the pebbles and the leaf shape (let’s call it cheese plant design) will both be useful exercises to strengthen your hand-eye coordination and your concentration and the bubbles (Monday) are a very useful addition to your kit bag.   In week five I will show you how to develop the star to fill different shapes – any shape 🙂

On our facebook page I have posted some close-ups of the best quits at the Festival of Quilt, and guess what, they are very often quilted using the doodles we have learnt (or are about to learn).  I am focusing on you doodling at the moment because this is the foundation for everything you will go on to tackle with the sewing machine.  You wouldn’t constantly sight read a piece of music to an audience- you would learn it first before you played it to someone… and ‘learning it’ in this instance is doodling and learning the doodles well before we commit them to the fabric.

You now have 15 doodles that could become quilting filler patterns. Next week I want to show you my favourite go-to border doodles and at the end of the week, I also tackle some fundamentals about managing corners in borders. I think you will find these easier after the training you’ve undertaken this past 3 weeks. At the end of next week, we will have the finish line in sight with a week of new fillers followed by a week of feathers to finish with.

Before that, you may want to turn your Week 3 doodles into a sewn piece … so here is the Week3 video – this is great fun to sew up.

I remain amazed at how this has taken off and I have truly loved meeting some more of you this week. Thank you for making this such a wonderful challenge.

A Few Words About Eric – Last Year’s Visitors Choice at the Festival of Quilts

Earlier in the Summer, I contacted Donna Goymer.  Her quilt of an elephant which won “Visitors Choice” last year at the Festival of Quilts was really unforgettable.  I don’t say that lightly, it was amazing and what’s more, it was the first piece she had ever entered into a competition. She calls him Eric …and this is his story – as told by Donna …

” The FOQ (Festival of Quilts) theme was ‘Free’. At that time, there were lots of reports in the news about poaching, with black rhinos and elephants numbers decreasing.  ‘Free’ to me meant the freedom for nature to grow. I considered a Rhino initially, but preferred elephants as their strength, kindness and their personality have always inspired me. 

“I chose tweed fabric for its texture, the colours as well as its strength and softness. It seemed a perfect match with the qualities of elephants.  I used batik fabric for the background which I cut in places to show the outline of the hills. The colours I picked were to represent a hot desert-like region. 

“I was encouraged to enter the FOQ by my sewing group and the manager at the local fabric shop. All their support help me through and I regularly bounced ideas off them. 

“The goal was to finish the quilt and just have it on display in such an amazing exhibition. It was my first exhibition I had ever entered work into and was worried that the quilt wasn’t going to be good enough amongst the other on display as I knew the skill and talent level would be outstanding. 

“My friends were disappointed that I hadn’t got an award from the judges. I never imaged I would get anything and was very surprised to hear about the visitors choice award. I didn’t believe it at first. By that point, I was at home,  and made friends take photos of the award next to the quilt/ It was only when I saw the photos that I believed it! 

“I am very proud of the award, I never thought that I would win anything”.

Eric really was a stunner. I remember voting for Eric and thinking what an amazing talent it was that had made such a piece. Little did I know that is was the first entry into a competition that Donna had made.

There is soo much talent out there… please share it and if you are going to the Festival of Quilts this year, make sure you vote for your ‘Visitors Choice’.

Thank you, Donna, for sharing that story.