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Challenge Quilt 2012 – Finished

Here is the finished quilt.  I am glad that it is finally completed because I am ready to move on to a new project.  I wonder what the ladies at the quilt guild will say!

The plan for the rest of the month is machine quilting at least two more quilt tops, however my bobbin winder for the HQ Sweet 16 just quit.  I wound one bobbin without any problems, but when I went to wind the second bobbin the silly machine won’t even start – and yes, it is plugged in.  I guess that I will find out how serious it is tomorrow when I can call the shop for help.  If all else fails, I think Lucy will let me wind some bobbins on her winder.


Challenge Quilt 2012 – Progress Update

Here is the finished quilt top for the Challenge Quilt 2012.

My best estimate is that there were 200 fabric squares in the baggy.  The quilt top measures 59 1/2″ square with approximately 180 squares.  The remaining 20 were pieced into the backing.

Here is a close-up so that you can see some of the variety of fabrics with which I had to work.Four or five years ago our quilt guild had an ugly fabric quilt challenge.  I participated but – to be honest – I didn’t give it my best effort.  I think that this quilt is an attempt to compensate for the lack luster quality of the earlier challenge quilt.  This is a quilt that I will be proud to show the guild members during our April meeting.

I will be starting the machine quilting this afternoon.  After much consideration I have decided to stitch in the ditch with monifiliment thread to emphasize the sho-fly blocks.  There will be one final picture of the finished quilt next weekend.


Challenge Quilt 2012 Update

I have been working on the Challenge Quilt 2012.  I thought that I had the blocks for the middle of the quilt finished, but as the photograph shows I still need one more block.

Can you see my mistake?  Far right, third row down should be a black shoo fly block instead of a colored shoo fly block.  Oh well, back to the sewing machine.

I had two guidelines starting this project – add only one other fabric (the black background) and use all the squares from the baggie on the quilt front.  The January 15th post shows a picture of the fabric squares.  I have used about half of the fabric squares so far, but the ones that are left are multi-colored fabric which will make for an interesting pieced border.

All in all, I am happy with the color changes through the quilt top.   Some of the changes are not quite as smooth as I would wish, but they are the best I could do with the colors on hand.

First things first – fix that block.


Challenge Quilt 2012

Yesterday was quilt guild meeting.  I see most of the ladies only once a month and it is fun to catch up on news and sew.  During January’s meeting, one member offered a challenge.  She had plastic baggies filled with 4″ squares of fabric – each square different fabric.  The challenge is to make a completed quilt by June using these squares.  All the quilts will then be donated to local organizations.  How could I resist?

I don’t know exactly how many squares are in the pile, but I can tell you that it is 2 1/2″ tall.  I decided to separate all the squares into color families and make positive/negative shoo fly blocks.  Right now my plan is to have a rainbow effect starting with yellow in the top left corner.  The fabric that doesn’t play well with others will be either used for a border or on the back – we shall see.  That is the plan at the moment, but quilts have a mind of their own and I could end up somewhere totally different.

Keep sewing and remember – the tortoise won the race.