Go Fish wins
OMGoodness! I am so excited! Tonight, my "Go Fish" quilt placed first among 15 made during a special challenge by my quilt guild.
The challenge was, using the fat quarter provided (the darkest fabric pictured above), make a child size quilt with a "Childrens' Games" theme. I found the fishing pole fabric at a resale shop and there was plenty enough of it to use for a border and for the quilt backing. Then I went shopping for fish fabric and other fabrics that reminded me of water, bubbles, and fishing line. Using the fish fabric as the "chimney", I built a simple log cabin block using the primary-colored fabrics. Once it was pieced, it seemed something was missing. All those little fish were facing the middle; they must be looking at something. Naturally, what they must be looking at is a fat, juicy worm. So appliqued the hook and worm in the center. The quilt top is pieced by machine quilted in broad squiggly lines to imitate waves of water using a walking foot on my home sewing machine.
I loved the design I came up with, but I never thought I had a chance of winning against the other quilters who are so much more experienced than I.
In addition to a blue ribbon, I was presented with a gift certificate for a LQS in the amount of $25.
All the quilts were donated to a program benefiting children in the foster care program in our county. In addition, the guild members had a "baby shower" to benefit a program at a local hospital to benefit new parents.