This past year, I entered a quilt into the annual Cherrywood Challenge for the first time. Cherrywood makes beautiful and unique hand dyed fabrics with a suede-like appearance. Each year, they sponsor a challenge where contestants can submit 20-inch by 20-inch quilts in a specific theme using a limited palette of Cherrywood fabrics.
For 2018, the challenge theme was Prince. The Prince Challenge fabric bundle contained 3 purples and 1 black. While we could use other Cherrywood colors as accents, our quilts had to “read” as purple. We could also use embellishments to enhance our quilts.
For my entry, I wanted to feature Prince and his wonderful performance at the Superbowl. In particular, I wanted to highlight the song “Purple Rain” because it was such a stunning moment for him and the audience.
Here’s a look at my completed quilt with a ruler to show the judges the 20-inch size:
I used holographic thread for the swirly quilting in the black background. In person, the thread has a beautiful shimmery look to it. The black background also has little beads with silver metallic threads to represent the camera flashes from the stadium audience. I used a purple Razzle Dazzle thread to give a hint of the “purple” rain during the performance.
For the purple background, I used metallic thread in the straight-line quilting. I used the thread to accent the guitar, guitar strap, and to add music notes.
The Prince symbol represents the stage while Prince faces the crowd in a decorated purple jacket.
Here are some close-up pictures:
There were 388 submitted quilts for the Prince challenge. Out of those 388 quilts, there were 165 finalists.
My quilt made it as a finalist! It is now traveling the country to various quilt shows as part of the Prince Live Tour. I will get to visit the show in person in 2019 when it travels to 2 quilt shows near me: the Clark County Quilt Show in March and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in July. Cherrywood will likely have book signing events at each of these shows, and I hope to be one of the artists signing books.
Here’s a look at the Prince Cherrywood Challenge book:
You can order a copy of the book, featuring all of the finalist quilts, from Cherrywood directly or you can buy a copy at the traveling exhibit.
Wow, Jen, that’s fabulous! I’m so happy for you. You must have been dancing in the street! You design and the embellishing is absolutely fun, fantastic and appealing. I like all the thought you put in to making everything work together. Congratulations! A few extra ! just for excitement —> ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! =)
Congrats Jennifer~great design!