Take It Further Challenge March

Okay. I disappeared for two months. Work was hectic and it was costume time at our house. My daughter is a competitive dancer and required costumes for six numbers along with costumes for her duet partners in two numbers. It seems like my life has been consumed by dance. I am still working on completing the challenge for January, I have sketches for February and a strong start on March.

For March, “Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger.” I realized that my small person and her activities created one of the important details in my life so I gathered up the scraps from her costumes and created this quilt block. I’ve never created a crazy quilt block before so it is a bit of a learning experience. The background is several layers of organza overtop of white poly-cotton. I used the freezer paper method of forming the fan and hand stitched them together. Then I stitched the fan onto the background. I realize this is not usually done as an applique but I couldn’t face the raw edges of the organza to piece it together. At this point in my life, simple is better.


I’m then going to embellish the block. In my mind, the embellishing is like all the small details in my world right now. Which tights, shoes, and accessories are needed for which costume? How can it be packed neatly and organized? Nut-free, non-messy snacks. Hotel rooms. Getting work completed to take time off. All the little details that go into making the next couple of months run smoothly without loosing my head.

There are still two more fabrics to add in and they will become a border of some sort. I have a black crinkle cotton with a silver stripe and red satin. Maybe a cording and a ruffle? Maybe a double border? I think I’ll plan that when the block is closer to completion.

I have a few more costumes to go for the studio recital and then I’m finished with that for the year. In the meantime, I’ll continue to work on this challenge and knitting to keep my sanity.


2 Responses to “Take It Further Challenge March”

  1. Fiona D Says:

    What a lovely idea to use fabrics from the costumes – when the hectic part is over you’ll have something special to keep. My daughters used to be in a choir and I thought it was hard work just laundering and ironing the uniforms – I can’t imagine having to make all those costumes!

  2. Reformulate Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Reformulate.

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