Friday, February 17, 2023

Project Quilting 14.4 - "A Novel Project"

This week's Project Quilting Challenge 14.4 got off to a very slow start for me. The theme this week is "A Novel Project,"  and the primary rule was that our project must be inspired by a book we've read. I looked through shelves of books plus my reading lists from the past few years, but nothing jumped out at me. 

That all changed when I started looking through my fabric stash for inspiration. I rediscovered my bin of music-themed fabrics and realized that they were the perfect starting point.

One of my favorite books from last year was The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb. It is the story of a young African American violinist who discovers that his beat-up fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius. On the eve of the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition, his violin is stolen and held for ransom. 

The Violin Conspiracy placemat
12.5" x 18"

I had a fabric panel of different musical instruments, and chose the violin for the center of this week's placemat. I bordered it with other music prints, and used a large-scale print of many instruments for the back.

This placemat will join the others I've been making since the beginning of the year to be donated to Meals on Wheels through our quilt guild.

Linking up with:
Project Quilting 14.4 at Persimon Dreams
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 


  1. Seems like the perfect finish for Project Quilting! I got off to a slow start too, but am ready to post it tomorrow.

  2. A perfect placemat inspired by that book! Someone will enjoy that!

  3. I loved that book! How fun to make a quilt inspired by it. Great idea, Julie!

  4. Oh I like it - and what a great way to join a challenge and send a little love to someone!!

  5. Lovely placemat. Our guild makes placemats for Meals on Wheels, too. They are like mini quilts. Perfect!

  6. What great it and how neat to put it to such good use!

  7. I find it incredible that the fabric led you to the book rather than the other way around. Well done, Julie!!

  8. A very fun finish. I like that you found the fabric first and then matched it with a book.

  9. This is perfect and I'm definitely adding that book to my reading list.


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