My guild usually has a challenge every year, where we are given rules to follow to create a quilted item. Typically, we work without showing anyone what we're up to, then display the challenges, anonymously, at a guild meeting. It's always interesting to see how we take the same rules and run in different directions.
Most of my quilts are given as gifts, but my challenges are often made just for me. Sometimes it's difficult to follow the rules, but being pushed to follow them takes me to places I might not get to otherwise. These have been great opportunities for creative play.
Here are the rules I remember. Quilt must include:
I always wanted to make a 6-pointed star. This is my One and Only.
I attached tiny flower beads to each of the gold squares, to meet that requirement.
I was stunned when I finished this last block. I was out of fabric, and I saw purple-eyed aliens! Can you see them?
Greg Brown is one of my favorite story-telling folk singers. His words paint loving pictures in my mind.
His song, If I Had Known, has a line that makes me think of my sister-in-law on the day she married my brother.
We had to include blocks used in Underground Railroad quilts, along with certain reproduction fabrics from that era.
I wanted my machine quilting to be identical in each block. Stitching through Golden Threads paper helped me create this traditional style of quilting. These colors don't excite me, but I was pleased with the result.
Made for my buddy Cherie.