Tuesday, March 20, 2018

9.6–SCRAPtastic–Challenge 6 of Project QUILTING Season 9

Final Challenge- Tornado Alley- 10"x 10"

Following the rules of this last challenge, I had to use at least 12 different fabrics. 
This is a scaled down version of a very spontaneous way of creating an image I was interested in trying. 
Basically, you stack 4 pieces of fabric together, stitch in a swirled manner and then cut out sections of those stacked pieces, between the stitching, to reveal the fabrics below. If I were to use larger pieces of fabric , I could cut each swirled piece in quarters and sew them back together in an even more random final product. I really liked this and will do it again sometime I think. 
My title was inspired by a young woman I met this week who was very excited to be in Branson on their Spring Break. As I was drawing her parasol, her family told me a lot about their vacation and themselves. They were from the Oklahoma City area and she was born when a major Tornado hit their town. 
One of my favorite things about my job is meeting our visitors and being being privileged enough to listen to their stories and try to make their vacation memorable.  Here's to you, Mariah!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time Traveler- Challenge quilt-9.5 a stitch in time

A Stitch in Time- challenge quilt
Time Traveler 9"x 11" 

I can't believe how time has flown! I was lucky enough to find this challenge this year and it coincided with the time I have off from work. Now that time is over and I'm back to work. The challenge will be to continue my entries on limited time. I started this one today and finished it. Scaling back to a smaller size helped. (my personal challenge is to use up sample batting I have.) The park opens Wednesday with great fanfare and excitement for another season of adventure. 

First of all, some of you might wonder where I work. I work at Silver Dollar City, an amusement park near Branson, Missouri. ( If you want to check it out here's the link: https://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park)  You might not realize it, but the theme of the park is set in the 1880's. My uniform at work is actually a long dress, pantaloons and, if it's cold, a cape. My actual job title is salesperson in the Merchandise department, but what I really do is paint parasols. I love my job! I draw pictures on fancy umbrellas and add the child's name to it. Personalized fancy umbrellas! 

This year we have a new roller-coaster opening called Time Traveler . The backstory for the coaster involves an inventor father who has created a way to travel in time. He also teaches his daughter to "Dream Big and Do Good".  The decorative themes for the coaster (and shops) have a steampunk feel.  It's being billed as the world's fastest, steepest, tallest SPINNING roller coaster.  Not only do you have big drops and loops and twists, but the whole car also spins as it does all the other stuff ! 

This week I tried the churn dash pattern using a gray and a clock/ gear fabric that I rust dyed. I liked how this pattern reflected the spiral out from the center in a more jagged way. I quilted the whole piece in a spiral to reinforce that idea. The gears were cut out from a batik fabric and the words were cut out from a white fabric. I toned it down using textile medium and mixed in some rust from a steel wool pad in my kitchen. All of the rust gives it an aged look that fits into the general feel of our 1880's park theme.