Clothing for the Body & Soul

Gone missing and moving on

As promised I have begun my blog again.

I thought a lot about what I wanted to begin with. Well, I am going to begin by sharing a challenge that Karen Boutte and I are doing.

As some of you know, several of my coats stolen this summer. I took a moment to mourn the lost, but at the end of the day, they are just stuff. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am incensed that someone took 14 of my coats, particularly since they decimated the “Out of the Crayon Box” series. Only the brown crayon (coat) was left. I could have curled up into a ball, wailed and spent months lamenting my lost, instead I am choosing to do something creative to move on. I have since done 3 coats that I am pleased with. I will share more about these coats at a later date.

Meanwhile, whilst talking to Karen about whether or not to spend next year rebuilding the crayon box, she suggested why not invite others to make a bigger box. This conversation led to us creating the CRAYON COLOR BOX CHALLENGE 2017.

After the fashion show at PIQF 2016, we tossed out the challenge. We got 36 sign ups at the show. We expect to get more. These garments will be shown in the PIQF 2017 fashion show.

We are using Crayola 64 box of crayon colors as inspiration. For this Challenge 90% of the fabric used in the garment should read the color of the crayon selected, 10% can be an accent, highlight, wow, Pop color or use100% in selected color.

I am excited about this project. However, I am still on the fence as to whether or not I will rebuild my crayon box. Creating them was part of a 15-year dream. It’s hard to let that go. If I decide to do them I know that I won’t remake them as they were. I only had one “But it’s my Favorite Color” (created using 500 3 inch 9-patches) and “Purple Mountain Majesty” (mountain in the name quilt blocks drafted in a curve) in me. I just have to wait and see.

I find that I enjoy working in a series and I still have a bunch of coats I want do on my bucket list.

Posted by rachel on Tue, October 25 2016 » Uncategorized


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