The Hoffman Challenge has been around for 30 years, but I just learned of it this year at my local quilt shop. As I posted before, I've challenged myself to put myself and my work "out there" more, so I decided to enter. And I got in just barely...submitting my entry at the deadline by a minute or two. Yep, serial procrastinator, deadline crammer here. Hoffman announced after judging for this year's challenge that 2018 was the final year of the Challenge in the current format. I'm glad I entered and interested to see the next iteration!
|Nice letter, and a few gifts!|
This year's fabric is from the Shine On collection, a digital print of rainbow-colored jewels, on both a white and black background. I used both the white and black background fabrics along with a diamond print from the collection and a Radiant Gradient for the background.
|The challenge fabric (L) and another print from the Shine On collection (R).|
My design idea actually started forming last year. For a local mini quilt challenge, I planned to create a mini inspired by the Rose Window on Cincinnati's Music Hall. [I didn't follow through on that idea, or enter that challenge, so I've bettered my follow-through this year!] What I love most about quilting and sewing is choosing fabrics and colors and shape, so this challenge let me exercise all those aspects!
|Old School Curves, pencil and a string.|
I played with the rosette layout quite a bit along the way and for some reason was really stumped on what to do after the blue round. I kicked around a few ideas with scraps, some that seemed "too much" (the one below) and settled on a simple thin border of the purple gems on black background that echoes the pink/black inner border.
For the quilting, I added straight line quilting with variegated black/grey thread on portions of the grid to mimic the gradient effect of the fabric and add some dimension between the quilted and unquilted grid portions. Before applying the rosette, I did some tiny hand-stitching with metallic thread to echo each gem in the rosette. Under the rosette, I used an extra layer (or two?) of batting to add a trapunto effect. It's definitely not a flat quilt!