Every other year, Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough, Tennessee issues a challenge called Mountain Messages with a theme to inspire the creation of a quilt. This year the challenge was Outside the Box. Our Blue Ridge Quilter's Guild also uses this theme when the challenge is issued, in order not to conflict and make quilters choose one or the other.
This is my entry:
Mysterious and exotic, this girl is peeking out from the foliage. Is it her hair or the leaves that caress her face? Secret Identity is a study in transparent camouflage using batiks. Raw edge appliqué and seemingly careless free motion quilting add character and texture to the hair and grasses.
For me, Outside the Box meant trying something new, so I challenged myself with making an opaque fabric look transparent. Using two copyright free photographs, I placed the flower over the face in Photoshop and reduced the opacity of the flower to create a transparency and then traced a pattern. The hair and grasses were all cut freeform and placed for a pleasing effect.
Here we are, Secret Identity, her ribbon and me!
I am so thrilled to have won Best of Show in my guild's challenge!
It is a viewer's choice, so to be honored by my peers was really great!
A couple of weeks later, she was entered in the TN Quilts challenge. I was so excited to see her hanging with a lot of other wonderful quilts.