I have just finished a challenge.  I can remember back to my first challenge, many years ago.  I had just found out that there were quilt groups and joined the Tuesday Night Quilters.  Before then, I had just enjoyed quilting alone at home.  I was introduced to the world of challenges, round robins, classes and the Vermont Quilt Festival.  Who knew that quilting could be so much fun.

IMG_2092For the first challenge, we were given a piece of striped fabric and instructed to make something from that fabric.  We could add any other fabric that we wanted,


IMG_2095I made this little wall hanging.  It is hand quilted.  I only did hand quilting at that time.


IMG_2093There was fabric left, so I made a second wall hanging.  It is very simple, just half square triangles.  It does look as if I did a lot of piecing.  I like this one because it is simple, yet very striking with the hand quilting.IMG_2094




My last challenge was a paint chip challenge.  We were given the dark teal paint chip and drew two others out of a bag.  We could use only those colors.  No additions,  The piece had to be 18″ square.  We also could use only 10% or less of the dark fabric. a

I found a pattern for appliqued leaves and flowers.  Also a tutorial on framing squares.

When I applique, I draw the whole pattern on heavy stabilizer.ach2      ach1

Using a light box with this pattern underneath the fabric helps place the pieces in the right spot.

The center is machine cross hatched with a walking foot and then the border is free motion stipple quilted.  a ch



I think that I like making the smaller pieces.  They, at least, get finished.


Have a great day and happy quilting




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