Applique Forum initiated a monthly challenge in March, which I participated in. We were each given Hang To Dry's Vintage Luxe Bunny in Scallop design and asked to think outside the box and stretch ourselves -- use a fun type of fabric or embellishment, manipulate the design somehow... the possibilities were wide open, how fun!
At the same time that this challenge began, I was in the midst of three big custom orders (which I still haven't been able to share yet...but soon!) so my creative juices were TAPPED DRY. I finally decided that I would put the bunny on a shirt for Annaliese and let her pick all of the fabrics and threads, that would be completely out of my comfort zone, HA! But alas, even though it's a lovely design, it wasn't a style she was interested in and she declined my offer. The clock was ticking... She did end up helping me out by giving me a suggestion -- she reminded me that I didn't have any Easter towels for my kitchen, so my "outside of the box" angle was a non-springtime color theme!
kitchen/dining room valences. All of the off-white tone-on-tone prints were scraps from a quilt I made years ago. The thread colors I picked really show off the variety of deco stitches used in the vintage luxe designs. I also took this as an opportunity to finally use the Hand Lettered Floss Stitch font I purchased from Jolson's a while back. Oh, it looked so perfect in Embird, but the word "Spring" gets lost on the busy fabric, can you even see it?! :)
And in case you are wondering, I did not win in my category. I was up against a phenomenal entry, with an amazing runner up (totally not fair) so I was lucking to get my three measly votes. But April is a new month! :)