This was a fun challenge organized by our Director at Large, Laine Canivet. The theme was “These Boots are Made for Walking” to help get us to Brock University in St. Catharines ON where the next big Quilt Canada 2014 conference will be held.
Twelve CQA/ACC members used their creativity and produced some wonderful quilts for our viewing pleasure. The three prize winners will be published in the winter edition of ‘The Canadian Quilter’.
A special thank you goes out to Fridays Off Fabric Shop for sponsoring this challenge.
The quilts were judged by Beverley Chorney an apprentice judge in our Quilt Judge Certification Programme (QJCP).
By Shirley Tracy which received an Honourable Mention
This is a photo of my interpretation of one of Van Gogh's paintings of shoes. I drew it on fabric, then thread painted it with Glide thread and painted it with Fantastik paint sticks.
Judge Beverley gave this entry an ‘honourable mention’. She felt the variations in the mottled fabric were used very effectively to represent the different parts of each boot and the machine quilting enhanced each part.
Made by Laura McEachern
The focus of this little quilt is the boot, complete with leather lacing, with a silk high heeled shoe appliquéd to the side of the boot. Hence, walking in comfort but not without high style. The addition of some thread-painted grass, cobblestone quilting and a “paved” highway are suggestions of the many types of ground this boot will have to travel to “Walk to Brock”.
By Karen Menzies
If I were bananas enough to walk to QC 2014 in St. Catharines, I would do it in style (and pain), wearing my stilettos.” This is original work, inspired by my guru, Pamela Allen of Kingston ON.
By Gail Fearon
When I first read about this little project I wondered how I could enter…I really don’t have that many boots to depict and then I remembered my old winter boots-the ugly green ones that I use in the winter , of course, to walk around the property with my two Shelties. The boots are old and as you can see downright ugly but they are comfortable and they keep out the snow…what more could you ask for. So. I took a picture, drew them on parchment paper and hand appliquéd them (my favourite technique is backstitch appliqué and that is what I used here). I won’t tell you how many years I’ve owned these boot but I will tell you they have done a lot of walking.
By Nancy Sachro ‘Blue Suede Shoes’
Fabrics, cottons, velvet, upholstery. Techniques- raw edge appliqué, fusing, hand embellished, machine sewn and quilted. Elvis head from copyright free internet site.
By Nancy MacIntosh
My Theme is 'Walk Softly on this Earth' so I have chosen bare feet. The feet are digitized embroidery with outline and cross hatch quilting. Embellishments are embroidery or beads. The foot designs are based on free clip art. Drawing and creation are mine.
By Susan Scott
This is Herk - he is ready to hit the trail!
By Betty Johnson
I'm a new member of the CQA/ACC, this is my first challenge. I live in Langley, BC so I would not be able to WALK to Brock; I would have to fly. My interpretation of the theme is an eagle flying across the Canadian skies, carrying my boots, dangling from a string, in his beak. I designed the paper-pieced Eagle in EQ7 and created boots that I could appliqué onto my sky fabric. Once I had finished the eagle, I couched the trim (rope) onto my sky fabric before appliquéing the boots. The piece measures 12"x12" and is machine and hand quilted.
By Jaynie Himsl, ‘Before Michael Jackson’
Surely these are the most famous boots ever. No other single step has ever been so significant. Method -fused applique, thread sketching and Inktense pencil shading.
By Jackie White
This quilt was made by using my hand dyed fabric to imitate the look of sand. Dye was thickened and painted onto my son’s shoe and then stamped onto the fabric. Free motion quilting was done throughout.
Our next member challenge is ‘Things I Can't Live Without’. Get creative and send us an interpretation of your “essential something’. Details are here.