Sunday, 22 May 2016

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge

After watching from the sidelines for a while, this year I took the bull by the horns and actually produced an entry for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge.  Umbrella Prints are an Aussie textile house, specialising in making yummy fabrics. I've been using them for years and love the earthy natural tones and strong design motifs.
In line with their environmental sustainability focus, their annual Trimmings Challenge challenges crafty folk to take but a small packet of Umbrella Print Trimmings, and turn them into something fab.  And quilt-makers get our own category to make some quilty goodness (yay!).

My Trimmings pack was indeed small in size, but with a good variety of prints.  Some of the trimmings were teeny weeny!

To further challenge myself, I decided to add only two other fabrics - both solids, in very similar tones, to add some depth to the areas of negative space, but also to highlight the Umbrella Prints!

I am currently going through what will retrospectively be referred to as my "Flying Geese Period", so this popular motif seemed perfect for this project.  The variety of sizes of trimmings meant I could make a variety of sizes of Flying Geese.
I was guided by the trimmings, and simply made the Flying Geese in whatever size the trimmings would allow.  I grouped each size of Flying Geese together and arranged them in an improv style with the two toned solids. 

And, here's a shocker - I matchstick quilted it!

This is the finished product!  The quilt is called "Goose with all the Trimmings".