What brings you Joy Challenge
"You are my Sunshine"
27" x 34"
most of the sun rays are made from hand dyed either I did or purchased, background fabric is mixed
pattern is from
Scrappy and Happy Quilts by Kate Henderson
Sun was just starting to coming up when I took this pic. It was super windy this morning so it was hard to go to far from shelter. I kind of like the sun starting down on the bottom corner. :)
My local quilt guild held this challenge and just said do what gives you Joy. We had a lot of variety in quilts and a lot of fun stories.
I can't put a fine point on what gives me "joy" but some of the things that came to mind while I was making this: I love to use fabrics from my stash. I used a few experimental dyed fabrics I made. The bottom left sun points were made by just pouring undiluted dye over another dyed color. It has dark and light spots that almost look like it burned the color into it. Love that. * note- probably not washable but that is okay for this project!
Also I love text so incorporated some lyrics into 3 outside edges.
I also like to try something new. I used my sewing machine pin feed to quilt this instead of a walking foot. It turned out okay. I will definitely use that again.
And of course, my blog name is Sew Sunshine so I love the sun pattern. I have to again say that my mom was the Sunshine to me and she is terribly missed. I know she would have wanted perfect points and matching seams but she would agree this has a sunshiney happy feel and would be okay with that.
Found a little sunshiney fabric for the backing.
It was a great challenge for me to take the time to work on this and reflect on why I do the quilts I do and what parts make me feel joy so that I can turn around and make some more. I know it is not perfect and I am okay with that because it means so much more than that.
Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee social