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Friday, January 27, 2012

and my garden has bloomed...

"Hope Grows" 

that is the title for my 2012 PSL Crazy Quilters Member Challenge.  The challenge was What's in Your Garden.  Well, hope is what's in my garden, and, hope grows.  No matter how dark and dismal something seems, there is always HOPE -- you just need to look very closely sometimes. 

You'll remember my inspiration for this challenge, if not, here it is.  Click here for the original post.  It was this photograph by Salih Agir of Turkey, and it shows that there is always hope... in the worse of conditions and circumstances.  That's how I feel, no matter how bad something is, there is always hope.


and my cropped version:

So, I managed to finish my challenge in plenty of time... it's due next Thursday at show set-up!  That is possibly a record of some sort, but we're not keeping score so I'll just be proud that I finished a full week before it was due!

Here it is...
"Hope Grows" 18" x 24"

Pretty cool if I say so myself.  There are a few things I'm not thrilled with, namely the tension on the back... my machine is having a mid-life crisis (another post) and I just don't have the time to give it the attention it needs right now.  Soon, but not now!  I can also see some areas I would have shaded a wee bit differently, but it's done, it is more than acceptable, and I'm pleased. 

I can not wait to see all the entries.  I've seen a few here and there and wow, it is going to be awesome.  That is why a challenge is one of my favorites... a million different interpretations and ideas -- even similar ideas but executed in such different ways.   This year, there were a record 35 entries... can't wait!  The winners are chosen by Viewer's Choice -- I will be sure to let you all know what happens.

8 comments:

  1. Absolutely awesome, looks almost like the original. I think you did a magnificant job my dear. I can't wait to see it & all of the others. You always outshine all the others with your imagination. Cilla Stratton

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  2. Absolutely awesome, looks almost like the original. I think you did a magnificant job my dear. I can't wait to see it & all of the others. You always outshine all the others with your imagination. Cilla Stratton

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  3. I just love this piece. I almost spelled it "peace", which would've been fitting as well. Like I said before, regardless of tension, it's beautiful.
    And I really need PhotoShop!

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  4. Your 'Hope' is amazing! I just love everything about it, from concept to the finish! Fabulous! Well done!

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  5. Hope certainly does grow if we allow it and don't stomp it out. I love your piece and think it looks better than the original photo. May God bless this work.

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  6. Very cool original photo and what you have done with it is super cool!

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