Cherrywood Fabrics announces a quilt challenge every year to create a 20” square quilt with their fabrics. Some previous subjects have been Lion King, Prince, Van Gogh’s Starry Starry night, and the Broadway play Wicked. It’s amazing to see the variety and quality of work of the quilts. One concept, multiple styles, multiple interpretations.
It creates a good opportunity for creativity and to explore new techniques without having to spend a year (my typical time to create a piece), on a quilt. It’s a good break from a major piece and even better, a book is published and your quilt, if accepted, gets into a book.
The subject this year was Bob Ross. You know, the painter with happy trees on public television. I wasn’t super interested but decided to try anyway and ended up using my mom as the subject . As a side note - and you can’t plan this stuff - my nephew went as Bob Ross for Halloween this past year. He told me after I showed him the book of the quilts. So.... here’s the write up.
Betty - my Mom - was an artist. She used coffee cans for holding her brushes and cleaning them in turpentine. Paint splatters were on her clothing, in her car, and everything she touched. Today, I am following her footsteps as thread can be found in every corner of my home. This is a good thing.
Materials: Cherrywood Bob Ross Fabric Pack, Threads of Cotton, Polyester, Silk and Rayon, Wool Batting.
Techniques: Threadwork, Free Motion Quilting
Cherrywood Fabrics Bob Ross Challenge
Houston Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2019
Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop, Seaforth, Ontario, Canada, 2019
Desert Lilies Quilt Show, Yuma, AZ, 2020
Road to California, Ontario, CA, 2020
Las Colcheras Show, Las Cruces, NM, 2020
Dallas Quilt Show, Dallas, TX, 2020
AQS Lancaster Downtown, Lancaster, PA, 2020
AQS Spring Paducah, Paducah, KY, 2020
Northstar Retreat Center, Ashbey, MN, 2020
Crossing Arts Alliance, Brainard, MN, 2020
Missoula Quilt Guild, Missoula, MT, 2020
Sisters Outdoor Quillt Show, Sister, OR, 2020
AQS Grand Rapids, Grans Rapids, MI, 2020
Mancuso Quit Show, Philadelphia, PA, 2020
The Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge 2019