When I was first invited to join the Texting While Sewing flickr group a few strange thoughts popped into my head... Maybe I won't join because I don't text while I sew. It's probably a good thing because that sounds dangerous. I don't want to see pictures of horrible accidents caused by texting while sewing!
I cautiously took a peek and realized that it was actually an online sewing contest held by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. The challenge was to create a 12 x12 inch finished quilt block using text fabrics in a creative way. There were no other rules but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing!
As the deadline approached and I was starting to worry, an idea finally came to me while searching with a friend for inspiration in my mountain of text fabrics that I seem to have collected over the years. We started to giggle as the words started coming together in a very odd way as we shouted out a combination of food and sewing terms. A creative trip to the cafe was called for and I was asked several times if I needed help as I stood at the counter sketching their espresso machine!
The idea for a cafe scene came to me early on but I couldn't figure out how to add text fabrics in an interesting way. Thanks to my friend Jana for suggesting a sandwich board because it ignited the menu board idea! I had way too much fun making it. I used a variety of techniques including regular patchwork, paper-piecing, three kinds of applique and embroidery.
I am thrilled with how my block turned out even though it did leave a huge mess in my sewing room! And finally the big reveal... my contest entry for the Texting While Sewing Contest entitled "Scalloping on the Bias Cafe". Wish me luck!
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UPDATE: I'm excited to announce that I won first prize in the contest!