who loves quilting challenges? You know, when your guild, or small group gives you few fabrics, or a theme or something like that and then you have fun creating within the parameters (restrictions?) of that challenge. I do love these.
Not sure if I told you this, but I belong to a wonderful, new chapter of Modern Quilt Guild here in western NY - WNY MQG, so much fun and inspiration!! We participated in latest challenge by MQG, Riley Blake Challenge and prints on the left were our set of fabrics:
WELL... lets first admit that challenge fabrics did not speak to me, as a group, at all in the beginning. There, I said it. The only thing I was thinking while looking at them is how they all have different SHAPES in it - squares, circles, rectangles (stripe)...but...nothing else!
Then one day I was in our regular lab meeting and while listening to some chemistry talk (not very interesting to me, I must say) someone said "shape-shifting"..Hmmm, you know how word gets stuck in your brain - yeah, that. So shape-shifting was in my brain and doodling happened:
Shapes in those fabrics and word stuck in my head - weird combination, but it worked! Decided that doodle above will be my Riley Blake challenge - let the fun begin!!
I will have SHAPES, different shapes, like triangles (read: Flying Geese), squares, rectangles (hmm..piano-key type border?) and some circles too?
So cut some strips of grays and white and first I did a whole lotta strip-piecing:
Made Flying Geese in 3D (remember my tutorial? it's HERE) from all the challenge fabrics, only they needed to have longer "sides" - background square wasn't a square but rectangle, like this:
And here they are:
OK - now is the time to do something with all this...
Started by cutting the gray piano-key looking thing in half - yeah, I did THAT! Scary! Then some Flying Geese going up, up, up...
Without the left piano-key part:
I had just enough of all the challenge fabrics left for a few of each color. By the way - this little Olfa circle cutter is an awesome thing - love it!!
Oh, but this is where this lovely story ends...for now.
You see - all this was happening THIS WEEKEND - as much fun as I had, this was 48h before the challenge deadline. Yeah - crazy me.
So, when I started quilting it was Sunday evening and...it just didn't work. Not to my liking anyway...
OK - so I will miss the challenge deadline to post my finished project - bleh. Just started too late.
HOWEVER!!! I really, really, REALLY had fun doing this!! From a doodle to some improvisational work, to using a lot of WHITE in my quilt (that's a first for me) - all this with a lot of great music in my sewing room, my darling hubby making delicious dinner while I had fun, my Marley occasionally coming to "talk" to me or hide his treat in my stash (yes, he actually does that!).
Don't know about you, but in my book - this is still a success. :) I was challenged and I had so much fun! Next time, I will try to also make the darn deadline, ha ha!
So this morning, got up early and yes, I did think -oh, I wish I made the deadline - but then I just went into my sewing room and played with circles...
Even the leftover piece got some circles:
And, of course - the name will be Shape shifting.
Do you like challenges? Did you do any? Please share your experiences! :)
Have a lovely Tuesday,