Yesterday was quilt drop-off day, and I was very happy to be delivering my exhibition quilts.
First, my challenge quilt, Centred Red.
The challenge was to make a quilt with the theme "Red Plus One." Each quilt was to be 70cm x 50cm in a portrait format.
The centre of Australia is known as the Red Centre, due to it's red dirt and rocks, including Uluru. At first, I intended my quilt to be a mass of pieced Uluru blocks, but as time went on, my plans changed, and I ended up with only five.
I've never properly visited the red centre, but did stop in a plane in Alice Springs once for an hour. When I was in primary school, my grandparents brought back a jar of red dirt from Ayers Rock (as Uluru was known then), and I was astonished by it.
Some day (probably after winter stops being my husband's busy work season), we'll visit, and get to know the heart of our country. Until then, the country of my heart is the coastal, high rainfall areas, where dairy cows can live. Hence the vibrant green of my quilt, contrasting with the reds of the dirt.
My free motion machine quilting finally started working as it should during the quilting of this piece. I'm not sure if it was the thread (Rasant) or the settings, but it worked beautifully, and I am still surprised and delighted with it.