This year I again bought the Hoffman Challenge fabric. Once again, I didn't like it. bleah. Sort of my colors, but not really. I'd hoped the fabric would inspire me, it did not.
I even took it with me to Asilomar, on the off-chance that I might be able to incorporate it into one of my projects and have an entry to submit.
That proved futile, as my teacher smiled and threatened to confiscate the fabric. "You need to be doing something different."
In theory, I agreed. In my mind, I agreed. But last Saturday? When I had a day to myself? I started looking at the remnants of my Asilomar class. One thing led to another, and before you could say "Presto Chang-o," I'd transformed the hideous Hoffman to something of my liking.
In fact, I like it a lot.
I like it much more than I possibly could have predicted.
I liked it so much, that I took the time to quilt around all those crazy little petals with metallic thread.
And then I pulled out the beads. I bought these for "something special." Or maybe I bought them because I could. Doesn't everyone need 24K beads? :)
I found more beads in my stash, which coordinate with the Hoffman.
Apparently they were not enough, as I was motivated to drive to Fresno (combined with a trip to see the Madera Heart of the Valley Quilt Show) and drop some $$ at Bead Artistry.
Wow. At least when I walk out of Costco, it requires a shopping cart! ;)
Stay tuned! I've got about a week or so to get the quilt finished and on its way to CO. Wish me luck!!!
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