Beatles Challenge

Sunday, November 02, 2014

As the fall approaches, I'm getting more and more excited about the Houston Quilt Show. Not only because I haven't been in several years because of the baby, who is now a 2 year old (yikes!), but also because I will have two quilts in the show this year.  One of the quilts is showing in the special exhibit 'Inspired by the Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge' sponsored by Free Spirit and organized by Donna DeSoto. Donna put the exhibit together to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatle's first visit to America. 150 artist chose a different Beatles song to portray as a fiber art quilt.

I chose the song 'A Hard Day's Night'. After several brainstorming sessions with my mother, who also has a quilt in the exhibit, an idea popped into my head.  Playing on the 'Hard Day' part of the song title, I decided to do a Sunday crossword puzzle. I had been an avid crossword puzzler during my college years thanks to a 2 hour commute each day! And Sunday was definitely the hard day - I don't think I ever finished a Sunday puzzle on my own.

My quilt is a working Sunday crossword puzzle where all of the answers are synonyms of 'Night' - A Hard Day's Night! It's amazing how many synonyms you can find for night! My mock newspaper title reflected our artist Yahoo Group, the Fiber Beatles (FB).

The quilts are scheduled to tour the country over the next year and a half, and will be making their debut at the Houston Quilt Show in late October, early November.

If you can't make it to Houston but still want to check out the quilts click here to find an exhibit near you! Donna also has a book coming out in the fall, so keep your eyes open for that as well.  It is already available for pre-order on Amazon and through Barnes and Noble.

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