McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star™ 2011

McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star™ 2011 McCall's Quilt Design Star™ 2011 is... 

 

Melanie Wiser Wilson
of La Verkin, Utah

Melanie Wilson, Quilt Design Star FinalistMama - McCall's Quilt Design Star 2011

 

Quilt Title:  "Mama"

Finished size: 44″ x 53″

Techniques used: Machine quilted, embroidered, appliqued & hand appliqued, foundation pieced, hand beaded & painted.

How did you choose which song lyrics to use?   I chose "Mama" by Il Divo. Because I work with brides altering their wedding gowns, I knew that if given the opportunity, I would like to make a wedding gown quilt. When the challenge rules were issued I knew it would fit the criteria. I was so excited and ready!

Then I had to decide what style and since there are hundreds of styles, I thought about my own wedding gown and how it came to be mine. My mother designed her wedding gown and had it made for $10.00! Thirty years later when I was to be married, I was going to make my own gown but mom suggested I try hers on and when it fit perfectly, she gave it to me to wear!

My mother taught me to sew at an early age.She also instilled in me a love of music and taught me to sing alto which I learned to hear and pick out the harmony to-though I've never learned to read music. She was very creative and could make anything out of practically nothing and taught me to do the same.

Because of these experiences and many more, when I heard the lyrics to "Mama", it said everything I would like to tell my mother if she were alive today.

Which design aspect did you find most enjoyable? Recalling all that my mother has done for me in my life and how she was quite the "cheerleader" in regards to me finding my talents and cheering me on in pursuing them has been very enjoyable and cathartic in coming to terms with her passing away four years ago. I love that our final challenge was to be inspired by the lyrics to a well-recognized song. It was a sweet ending to a memorable and challenging experience! Knowing that I planned to dedicate this quilt to my "Mama", made it a pleasure and most enjoyable and every time I look at it, I will remember my mother and all that I learned from her. I love you Mama!

Additional Credits:  Although no one but myself worked on my quilt, I would very much like to thank McCall's Quilting for this opportunity to stretch my design confidence level, and without my friends and family voting I never would have made it this far. Thank you all so very much! I love you all!

 

 

Click here to see 2011 Challenge 1 finalists
Click here to see 2011 Challenge 2 finalists
Click here to see 2011 Challenge 3 finalists

 

McCall's Quilt Design Star™ 2010

McCall's Quilting would like to thank our grand-prize sponsors:

Horn of America, Sponsor of Quilt Design Star™ 2011

McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star™ 2011

...a Horn of America Super Quilter's Dream Model 5180 sewing cabinet ...
VKP America, Sponsor of Quilt Design Star™ 2011

Pfaff Creative 4.0 with Embroidery Unit, Grand Prize for Quilt Design Star™ 2011

...and a Pfaff Creative 4.0 sewing machine with embroidery unit!
In addition, there will be other prizes awarded throughout the contest.


        About the Contest

First, we invite you to enter an original quilt design.

McCall's Quilting would like to thank the sponsors of Quilt Design Star™.

Second, the public votes and helps us choose the finalists.

Then, the finalists create their first-round quilt top (based on challenge criteria provided by McCall's Quilting).

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, AccuQuilt


 

And the public votes on the finalists' first-round challenge entries.

Based on the public vote, some finalists are eliminated.

Repeat for challenge rounds 2 and 3, until the winner is chosen!

Electric Quilt Company, Sponsor of Quilt Design Star™ 2011


Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop®

 

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, HandiQuilter

 

 

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, Moda

 

 

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, Stitchin' Heaven

 

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, Sulky

 

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, The Warm Company

Additional Sponsors Include:

Quilt Design Star™ 2011 Sponsor, Blank Quilting

 C&T Publishing

 Clothworks™

 Marcus Fabrics®

 Northcott

 P&B Textiles

Quilting Treasures™

 Red Rooster Fabrics

 Studio e Fabrics®

 Timeless Treasures

 Windham Fabrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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