Tag Archives: Design Challenge

2016-36 Interleave Flowers

interleave-flowersThis is another interleave style quilt.  This was a design challenge to try out this style of piecing.  It is magic to see the design develop as one pieces the strips.  I can see that I did not square this up well so my binding is a bit wonky.  Oh well!  Next time I will do it better!

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2016-35 Interleave Brights

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The concept of Interleave designs is fascinating to me, so I’ve been playing around with Interleave quilts.  This is one of my first experiments with the quilt-as-you-go process of interleave design.  It is magical to see the design unfold as it is sewn together.  I learned a lot as I went along:  The importance of stabilizing the foundation and batting (I use children’s washable school glue); the importance of marking sewing guide lines; the importance of positioning guides; the importance of many pins (It is hard to get the strips straight without a lot of pins to stabilize the seam).  It was a fun learning process and I’m glad I decided to do this!

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2016-13 Circles and Sticks

circles-and-sticksThis little wall hanging is the result of a Modern Quilt Guild challenge to use Circles and Sticks in a composition.  I enjoyed playing around with the design of this quilt.  I started out piecing the sticks and then switched to fusible applique with a buttonhole edge machine finish.   This was fun!

The quilting is an edge to edge design called Spark by Ann Bright, which I feel goes with the happy feel  of the dancing sticks.

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2016-12 Lightening

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This small quilt was the result of a challenge from my Modern Quilt Guild to make a small quilt about lightening.  I used a little pack of Colour Chips from Northcott Fabrics that was a prize I won at a guild meeting.  (Thanks, Elaine Theriault!)  I also played around with digital echo quilting, learning a few things as I went along!  I quite like the result.  One never knows what will come out of a challenge!

 

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2016-11 Rainbow Bubbles

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This little wall hanging was created because of a challenge  from my Modern Quilt Guild to use pastel colours in a modern quilt.  The fabric for the appliqued circles was a giveaway by fabric manufacturer Michael Miller at QuiltCon (the convention of the Modern Quilt Guild).   They are beautiful and have a lovely hand.  I teamed them with a pastel dotted background and a pale pink and white strip to create the intersections and binding.

The quilting in the circles is a small pebbled pattern and the rest of the quilting is horizontal straight stitching, which is quite common in modern quilts.

Our modern guild occasionally has challenges to try a technique in a small quilt (maximum 20″ square).  Because they are small, they are doable and as a result, I get them done!

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2012-32: Blue Dot Strippy – Strip Challenge

Blue Dot Strippy

Blue Dot Strippy was made out of the leftover pieces from my Blue Strippy Quilt.  I really did not want to have leftovers hanging around my sewing room, so I decided to make them up into a second top.

Because it was for a strip challenge, it had to be different from the first one, which was a bit challenging since by the rules of the strip challenge, I was required to use the same fabrics with the optional addition of one fabric.  I have lots of white fabric given to me from a local shirting factory, so white was the logical choice for the additional fabric.   To make the quilt different, I opted to make the orientation vertical n contrast to the horizontal layout of the Blue Strippy Quilt I made first.   I had enough four patches to make three columns of  blocks and enough left over bars to make three columns of bars.  Three of each would not make a balanced quilt, so I knew I had to add something to make it both balanced and wider.  The pieces hung on my design wall for several weeks before I got the idea to cut the 5 inch bars vertically and make strips of 2.5 inch squares to frame the four patches.

The quilt needed to be wider, but with limited blue fabric left in my package, the only option was to add wide white strips.  That gave me the width needed, but the white open space was too empty.   I still wanted to achieve a different look from the first quilt, so I began to think in terms of alternate shapes.  I opted to join a few strips, back them with lightweight fusible and then cut out circles.  My final choices were circles of 5″. 3″ and 2″ diameter.  Once cut, I carefully measured and positioned them onto the white strip before fusing them.  Then I used a machine blanket stitch to finish the raw edges.  When the two strips had their dots attached, I then assembled the five strips to make the final top.

The top finished at 46″ by 62″ and was machine quilted with a simple loop meander which offset the angular edges of the strips, echoed the circles in the design and gave a light-hearted feel to the top.    The quilt was machine bound with a navy binding.

This quilt appealed to the show viewers.  It won first place in Viewers Choice and also won the Designer’s Choice Award.  I was pleased that others liked it so much, but also a bit embarrassed to have won so many ribbons, since I was the coordinator of the strip challenge and the quilt show.   My son congratulated me but also good naturedly  ribbed me about winning, saying that it was not sporting behavior to win a competition when I was the organizer of the event.

Several guild members noticed my reaction to winning and told me to enjoy the ribbon, that I won fair and square!  “The people have spoken!”  A week has passed since the voting and I am now happy to have won the ribbon.  It is hanging in my quilting studio where it will inspire me to be creative for the next challenge.

2012-31: Blue Strippy – Strip Challenge

Blue Strippy

Blue Strippy

Blue Strippy was the first quilt I made for our quilt guild’s 2.5 inch strip challenge.   Because I wanted to take the focus away from long strips, I opted to make random four patches, set off by horizontal bars of strips.  My choice to add the white background was based on providing a quiet area for eye rest.  I find that having a neutral “supporting” fabric allows the focus fabrics to shine.  Because the strip challenge required us to work with the fabrics we were given with the optional addition of one additional fabric, I wanted to make those fabrics shine.  I was quite pleased to have the yellow and blue flowered fabric included in this package because I felt the yellow added sparkle to the quilt.

It was quilted with a simple meander design and machine bound with navy binding.  It finished at 42″ x 50″ and will go into the guild’s community outreach inventory for donation to a community organization – likely to Victim Services.

This quilt won second place in the Viewers Choice voting by members of the Grand Quilt Guild.