A local fabric designer named Allison Beilke developed a line of fabrics inspired by Milwaukee. So the local modern quilt guild is having a contest where you can make a quilt or other sewn item from the fabrics and some selected Kona solids. The judging will be in mid-November and all the entries will be put on Flickr. When I first heard that I thought, Hey, that sounds like an awesome contest that I will never enter!
I'm a novice quilter. There's no way I'd win. There's actually an excellent chance that I'd embarrass myself. I can't even do free motion quilting right. Do something like that? No thank you.
But a little part of me thought, It would be fun just to participate. Just to be involved.
I was pretty sure I wouldn't bother to enter until this morning. My son is entering kindergarten this fall and we've been taking walks to his school so the school is familiar to him. I was looking at the beautiful old building while the kids played on the playground. The brick work on the building is beautiful. I especially liked this:
And I found myself thinking, Wouldn't it be cool if someone made something like this pattern using those Milwaukee fabrics? That might look really neat. And gradually my feelings changed from, there's no way I'd enter to, it would be neat just to participate.
So I'm going to get some fabric scraps and try to replicate the brick pattern. If I can, I'll make a mini-quilt and enter. And if I can't, at least it'll be a challenge and I'll learn something.