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Quilt Title:  Fire and Ice
First Name:  Kristi
Last Name:  Parker
City:  Amherst
State:  NH
Optional: Name(s) of Blocks:  Mariner's Compass
Finished Size:  41" x 48"
Techniques used:  foundation paper pieceing, satin stitch machine applique, free-motion machine quilting
Explain your interpretation of "Opposites Attract":  I started out brainstorming a long list of opposites and a much shorter list of things that attract. One of the things I came up with was "Fire and Ice". Even though it is probably physically impossible, I wondered if gravitational pull would have an effect on an icy comet and a firey meteor as they passed each other in space.
I probably came up with this idea because one of my favorite memories from this summer was when my youngest son and I went out late one night down to the lake shore and laid down on the dock to watch the Perseid Meteor showers.
In my quilt, I arranged the coment and the meteor in a ying-yang design. I also used some complementary colors.
When I think of ice I imagine sharp, crystalline structures so I quilted the comet's tail with flowing, undulating designs, as an unexpected contradiction. Flames remind me of fluid, curvy shapes, so I quilted the meteor's tail with sharp, jagged lines to mix things up a bit.
Which design aspect did you find most challenging?:  Although Mariner's Compass is my "signature" block, I had never made an off center compass, so this was a new challenge for me. The biggest challenge, however, was time magement. Between the start of school (I am a teacher), making plans for my oldest son's upcoming wedding, and doing gigs on weekends, it has been difficult to find time to work on this quilt.
Which design aspect did you find most enjoyable?:  For this project, the quilting has been the most enjoyable. I love free motion quilting, because it helps to add a new dimension to the quilt. I had fun experimenting with various metallic threads that add a bit of sparkle, too.
 
 
 
 
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Beautiful!
Thu, Oct 18 2012 5:24 PM
Amazing!
Sun, Oct 14 2012 6:31 PM
Complex and Creative and Just Glorious!
Sun, Oct 14 2012 1:04 PM
Allof the quilts in this contest are very nice, but this one is my favorite.
Sun, Oct 14 2012 6:14 AM
Wicked awesome! I look forward to seeing it next summer at show and tell in Maine.
Fri, Oct 12 2012 6:51 AM
Amazing!
Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:39 AM
Very nice! Can't wait to see it this summer when you come to Maine.
Wed, Oct 10 2012 6:52 PM
TROJAN MAN!!! FIRE AND ICE!!
Wed, Oct 10 2012 3:07 PM
Outstanding - simply wonderful
Wed, Oct 10 2012 1:56 PM
Stunning!
Tue, Oct 09 2012 10:43 AM
Very cool!
Tue, Oct 09 2012 7:49 AM
This is an absolutely gorgeous quilt, and carries out the challenge theme wonderfully! I love the bright, vivid colors. It must have been fun to design, choose fabrics for and put together. Love it! You have my daily vote!
Mon, Oct 08 2012 7:00 PM
My previous comment disappeared before I was finished. Just wanted to say GOOD LUCK! with this challenge. You are a winner, regardless. Cary Flanagan
Mon, Oct 08 2012 10:28 AM
Fantastic, Kristi! Gret design, wonderful use of color - so many good things to say about this quilt.
Mon, Oct 08 2012 10:26 AM
Beautiful!
Sat, Oct 06 2012 7:19 AM
Krisit, this is an amazing quilt. I know you must hear that a lot, but its very true. I really hope you win, you completely deserve it!
Fri, Oct 05 2012 7:26 AM
I've been voting every day for this lovely quilt!
Fri, Oct 05 2012 5:37 AM
Definitely has my vote! Nice job...
Fri, Oct 05 2012 5:37 AM
Simply outstanding . . . . great detail and work.
Thu, Oct 04 2012 11:48 AM
The beautiful mix of contrast and complimentary colors and the incorporated theme best meet the challenge.
Tue, Oct 02 2012 4:05 PM
I saw it in person and I wish the quilting stitches showed up in the photo....beautiful!
Tue, Oct 02 2012 1:31 PM
Beautiful!!!!!!
Tue, Oct 02 2012 1:14 PM
Eye catching.
Tue, Oct 02 2012 12:57 PM
Stunning quilt. You managed to get exactly what you were going for.
Tue, Oct 02 2012 10:45 AM
Very creative and beautiful
Tue, Oct 02 2012 9:34 AM
 
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