Challenges Revealed…..

I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of the other 8-point star challenges that were shown on Tuesday night……

Sylvia showed these two…..


She has written up a pattern for her “artichoke” quilt block and it is available on her website…..


Deb used some magical colors for hers…..


Fay made her “Shades of Black” table runner  (sorry about the bad photo)….DSC02355

while Terri worked large and wonderful……

Pat usually makes two quilts and she outdid herself this time.   The first one is reminiscent of forest fires thru a window……


and her second one is called “New Growth”.  It is heavily embroidered and this photo does not do it justice……DSC02359

We all loved the bright colors in Diane’s wonderful quilt……


Denise made a great table runner just in time for the 4th of July!!…..


Barbara, the designer of the challenge, made a symbolic piece using symbols for Islam and Judaism……


I did miss getting a photo of the first quilt, but it was a pieced block with an applique flower in it.


It was a great challenge and was fun to see everyone’s interpretations.

I have found that, if I have time to work on a piece, I LOVE to do challenges and cant wait for the next one to be presented……

Caution….quilting in progress….

On Friday, I added the borders, made the back and started with the quilting.  

The border fabric that I decided on was a hand-dyed , very dark piece with small amounts of blue and purple in it.


I normally put a very “busy” fabric on the back so that you cant see the quilting, but decided that maybe I WANTED the quilting to show….


Hope I am happy with that decision when it is all over!!!

So I am currently quilting away……


….hopefully I can get it finished tomorrow!!!  Although, I am not sure exactly what it looks like to take a FINISHED project to a Challenge reveal!!!

Applique finished…..

Today I put the finishing touches (almost) on the quilt top.   I say almost because I have decided to make one more small change to the very bottom of the picture….something just doesn’t look right and I want to play with it a bit more.

The biggest task for today was to add the 8-point star blocks that are required for the guild challenge.   I thought that this was going to be an easy task, but I had a hard time deciding which fabrics to use.   I kept adding different colors and not being happy with any of them……


….then it dawned on me that the blocks could be rotated so that the diagonal set would be on top……DSC02338

Much better!!

In the end, I used a series of different fabrics to create the tiles and the final piece looked like this……


I normally don’t put a border on my “picture” quilts, but I think that this one needs to be reigned in with a border.  I have a piece of hand dyed fabric that is mostly black with some small lines of blue here and there and I think that I will use that for the border.

Hopefully tomorrow I can get the top finished and get it basted and ready to start quilting…..will see if I get that far!!

It’s detail time…..

Today, I spent about 4 hours just fixing small problems and adding some details to the piece. 

I decided that I wanted to change one of the window designs so ended up drawing a “floweresque” design instead of the circles in the original photo……


The design doesn’t pop much, but I think that I kind of like the subtleness of it.  And, if I don’t, I will add some more pop with the quilting.

This is where I ended for the day…..


And I have to ask…..does anyone else work in this sort of mess????…..


I mentioned last time that I still needed to piece the 8 pointed star blocks, and one of my fellow guild members (Sylvia) reminded me that I didn’t HAVE to piece it, but could applique it instead…..good thought!!   By the way, click HERE to see Sylvia’s entry in the challenge.  I LOVE her creativity!!

Oh, and one more thing…..have I mentioned that this has to be finished by next Tuesday???   Yikes!!!