There is an annual gathering of quilt guilds called Quilt Congress here, held in a different spot each Fall and hosted by the quilt groups in that location. In 2008, it was held in Mountain Home, and the theme was 'Quilters on Fire.' The challenge: make a quilt that illustrates what sets you 'on fire' as a quilter. The only real requirement was a size limit.
Inspiration is a quirky thing--sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. In this case, I had an instant vision that recalled a recently-heard phrase: 'She's been quilting like her hair was on fire'-- the kind of word-picture that conveys volumes. I threw a big piece of paper down and in no time there was a head aflame with ideas for all the quilts I need to make. (Picture Hubby Dearest edging uneasily into the kitchen, where I was kneeling on the floor wielding a pencil.) I'll spare you the details, but constructing this was more complex than I had bargained for. Isn't that always the way? This has piecing, fusing, and satin-stitched applique. Tip of the day: it is very hard to attach Guinea hen feathers to a quilted piece. This was machine quilted and finished with a facing rather than binding.
Okay, and I admit that I gave myself a lot more hair than I actually have.