Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Challenge Quilt

Yesterday, National Quilt Day, was our Quilt Guild meeting - always a wonderful day. Additionally, it was held in my own town - saving me 2 hours of travel time. Attendance was possibly a record - 76 I believe -- that alone was wonderful.

The hostess committee outdid themselves! What a spread! Shrimp, cheeses, breads, egg tarts, fresh fruit, and a multitude of other goodies!

And the best part - we all showed our challenges, which we had started last fall. This is my finished gorgeous project. I cannot wait to finish it.
There were 44 other gals who had joined in on this fun, divided into groups of 4. The owner started with "A Star". That's my Star, along with the 9-patch corners and bars. I said I wanted a finished small quilt - no other instructions. We were adding borders, not rows. All was very secretive, when we passed our boxes from one person to the next.

Next was "add a 9-patch or a 4-patch" ... Jacci put my star on point and added the cheery blue/red 4-patches/flowers and corners. Cute! Thanks Jacci!

Next clue was "add a curve to at least 2 borders" ... look at how bold the red drunkards path shows up on two sides - and how it starts looking rectangular, like a quilt needs to be. Joyce hand sewed those curves and how clever her corners are! Thanks Joyce.

Next clue was "add a triangle to at least 2 sides." Sharon knows how I love string piecing and she did all those string triangle borders and clever corners - I see that a border does not necessarily have to go around the corners. I couldn't have asked for anything more. She probably also added the 2 narrow borders to separate her border from the previous. Perfect, Sharon!

We all stood up and admired each project -- it was AMAZING how differeetly each one turned out. We saw a number of clever techniques. Every single project was a treasure!

Thank you, Jacci, Joyce, and Sharon for my quilt top - I LOVE it. It even has the flavor of western Nebraska! We're hoping to have them DONE and displayed at our next Quilt Show in July.

It was a GOOD day. 8-)))


belinda said...

This sounds like a whole lot of fun....and look what quilty goodness it produced...w-a-y cute!

Vicki W said...

That sounds like a lot of fun and your quilt turned out great.

*karendianne. said...

Elaine! This is amazing. The way everyone working with the ideas. Sheer talent. Wow. And the fabrics just totally work. What a wonderful group of super talented ladies. This, this makes me super smiley faced, friend. Super duper smiley.

Marilyn said...

Spectacular! Love it. I would be interested to see what you added on your friends' quilts.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Beautiful!!! Everyone played nicely on this one. One always holds their breathe waiting to get theirs back.

Joyce said...

Very interesting idea to work with clues for each round. The results are wonderful. Was everyone happy with their finished quilt?

Teaquilts said...

Great quilt Elaine. When I saw the border I though you'd done the entire top yourself. What a great quilt that shows many different techniques, strip piecing, on point setting, kaleidoscope(strip border, and curve piecing. Great teaching tool.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a treasure that is to have Elaine! blessings, marlene