I'm entering 'Boy George' in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
I made this quilt in 2000 for a CC Ward Challenge. CC Ward is a department store in New Plymouth. They used to have a fabric and haberdashery department but I think that's gone now. Every year they would have a quilt challenge and in this year the challenge fabric was a jungle fabric with tree frogs and chameleons. I had been reading Libby Lehman's book 'Threadplay'. I liked her idea of applying one simple quilt to another using reverse applique. I took my cue from the fabric and made a chameleon hiding in the quilt. I made two quilt tops with the same fabrics and turned the chameleon one at 45 degrees. A bit of threadpainting and the red appliqued to his back helped show him up.
The name came about because I kept on singing Boy George's 'Karma Chameleon' when I was making it. But then I thought, 'How appropriate!' Boy George, the singer, was very flamboyant but he hid behind all his costume. My chameleon was hiding in all the richness of the fabric.
This quilt is very special to me because it was a lot of firsts.
- It was the first time I made a quilt in less than a year (4 weeks!)
- It was my first non-traditional quilt
- My first threadpainting
- My first machine quilted quilt
- My first competition entry
- And my first win! I won an award which was worth $25. I was so chuffed!