A new member of Canyon Quilters, my local guild, I was frozen with fear about creating a quilt after seeing the other members' fabulous creativity. Happily, a Quilt Challenge un-froze me. We were asked to do a Road to Oklahoma block and then embellish it in any way we liked.
Having recently endured a gall-bladder surgery, I chose to base my quilt around this experience. The words "You Are What You Eat" were the very first stamping I'd done; the embroidery surrounding the Shisha mirrors to reflect the viewer was the very first embroidery I'd attempted. The beads hanging off the mirrors, my first attempt at beading. And the piecing and machine quilting, you guessed it -- my first. Those large beads hanging from the middle mirror are four of seven gallstones they removed. Ow.
The fairies in the fairy fabric must have inserted the stones inside me; the doctors said they didn't know what caused them. The stoney, red fabric goes without saying; the hand-painted, Shibori-like fabric a favorite I created in Mickey Lawler's class. The rest: Food and cooking charms of silver and other metals; shisha mirrors; thread; alphabet stamps, beads, monofilament thread, ink, batting, backing, and perle cotton. Oh, and gallstones. :)