What is that? One of my quilt guilds handed out those paint cards you can pick up at any hardware store. I was assigned:
Purple, green, and yellow. At first, I thought I'd hit the lottery. I imagined making a New Orleans mask with these colors. Alas, after much research and several drawings, the colors were so muted, I would have been ashamed to associate them with the bright New Orlean's Mardi Gras. Back to square one!
I started playing around with shapes in my photo enhancing software, bought the materials, and made the following quilt:
How did I make this? First I printed out my pattern to the size I wanted it and taped together the pages to make a between 30 and 40" around quilt. I used wonder under to cut out the pieces and iron them onto the background. Next, put a piece of stablizer behind the background and satin stitched all around the edges of the pieces. After tearing off the stabilizer, I made a quilt sandwich and quilted it. Voila! Quilt Done! Today, I brought the quilt to guild and showed it with all the other entries. Surprise, surprise....for my effort I was given a certificate:
I've never been a great namer of quilts. And, when I get stumped, I rely on my backup method....pick one of my favorite cartoon characters and go for it. I already have a quilt named "Boris Badenov" after the short soviet spy in Rocky and Bullwinkle. This quilt didn't look Rocky and it certainly didn't remind me of Bullwinkle. So, I named it "Natasha" after Boris' spy partner. Since I couldn't remember ever hearing a last name for Natasha, I took my maiden name and added a "ski" to the end so it sounded Russian. This quilt's name is now "Natasha Robbinski." People who know me from my past life will know that I have used this name before...but retired Natasha when the cold war was over. Now, she lives on.