Today I finally got started working on my Virgin Mary quilt challenge. I’ve known what I wanted to do since early November, but knew I wouldn’t have the time to begin work on it until I was done with all of my Christmas jobs.
For this project I decided that I wanted to go with a symbol of the Virgin Mary rather than do the obvious and I wanted to use Irena Bluhm’s technique of coloring quilts.
My first step was to choose the symbol I wanted to use and then find a suitable image.
Next I traced the image onto my fabric using a wash away blue marker. The finished quilt will be 12″ x 12″ but I’ve started with a piece of fabric that is 14″ x 14″. This will allow for the inevitable shrinkage that occurs with quilting and gives me another opportunity to decide just how I want the image placed on the final product.
I’ll wait until this part is dry before I move on to coloring the background. After all the coloring is done I’ll put it back on the machine and quilt the background. Then I will trim it down to size and bind it.