Judy Shelton's Quilt takes first place in SFMQG Challenge

The South Florida Modern Quilt Guild recently held a "Negative Space" challenge, and Judy Shelton's "Just Morse-ing Around"  took first place in the challenge.  This challenge is currently on exhibit until August 13.  Please click here for more information on the exhibit.

Just Morse-ing Around

Just Morse-ing Around

I admit that I’m an incurable punster who simply cannot resist plays on words. I also have a quirky sense of humor, and these two qualities are often reflected in my quilts. This one is no exception.

I wanted to make a minimalist piece with lots of negative space. As I looked at some of my sketches of wide bars and circles, they reminded me of Morse Code. From there I thought what kind of message could my quilt communicate? Well, that’s when the weird sense of humor kicked in, and I just couldn’t resist the play on words that led to “Just Morse-ing Around.” (As opposed to just horsing around.)

Then I had great fun Googling Morse Code and learning all about it. To make it more fun, I wanted the word “Around” (in orange) literally go around. Well, the letters go around in a square, beginning on the left and then going around clockwise. I know, it sounds like a round peg in a square hole; what can I say.

I did all the quilting on my Bernina 820. To make the quilting pop more, I double batted it using 2 layers of Quilters Dream White Cotton batting. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread (#2021, if you’re interested). I chose the three Morse Code colors so the design would reflect the colors of the Modern Quilt Guild.
— Judy Shelton