Fifteen Block Challenge

It Took Two Years and Fifteen Quilters (Each With Fifteen Blocks)

The challenge was set in 2014. Fifteen quilters had to make fifteen identical blocks (of their own choosing), as long as 50% of the block was of a neutral colour the rest of the design was left to our own creativity. Once completed the blocks were to be swapped between each member taking part so that we each had a sample of every block.

peaches-and-cream-040

So ever up for a challenge  fifteen peach flowers were carefully appliqued onto a neutral background. Then without knowing what the others looked like, we all swapped our blocks.

And this is why they call it a challenge.

publications-001

What were we to do with such an assortment?

We all had free rein to make absolutely anything we wanted. It turned out to be a bigger dilemma than expected, which is why it probably took so long, but with our quilt show looming in 2016 we had a deadline.

In the Summer of 2015 we had a Block Swap Party

This was to see how everyone was doing. Or just any excuse for a knees up really. But some of the projects were finished already.

Moira in particular had taken the opportunity to make her very first quilt into a ‘Quillow’, (a quilt that turns into a pillow).

block-swap-party-009

block-swap-party-007

block-swap-party-008

Maureen had nearly finished her quilt too.

block-swap-party-030

Val unveiled this beautiful room divider.

block-swap-party-015

If you are wondering what the 16th block is, it’s a block naming each person who’d taken part.

block-swap-party-016

And we ate cake

block-swap-party-038

Sorry back to the quilts

block-swap-party-024

Some were double sided, some were split into two separate projects, some were bed runners and table runners.

block-swap-party-027

But A Year Later

Maybe because the deadline was looming or maybe because of the size of some of the projects we finally got to see some of the other finished results at the quilt show held this month in Carrville Methodist Church.

So just in case you missed it just take a look at these.

quilt-show-2016-031

Angela embellished hers with some pretty butterflies.

This is Mary White’s

quilt-show-2016-030

Ann Diggory

quilt-show-2016-036

Margaret Usher

quilt-show-2016-029

And Gillian Banks

Amazing!

You Want to See Mine? Ok

Well I had no idea at first. All I knew was I didn’t want to make a quilt as such, but if I could put the patches together, back to back in some way I could save on the cost of buying backing fabric. But what to do?

Well I love books and I thought I could turn it into a record of what each person had made so after quilting them, (as I said back to back), using some decorative stitches on my machine for a change, (what was I thinking?). I then hand embroidered the name of each person onto the blocks.

sewing-bee-041

The pattern on one block had to hit the block on the other side in just the right place!

block-swap-book-023

I also tried to coordinate the colours to run through the book.

Hope you like it?

block-swap-book-028

block-swap-book-029

block-swap-book-034

block-swap-book-035

Anne Stark made all of her blocks by hand, so I kept with the handmade theme and hand tied it.

block-swap-book-036

block-swap-book-040

block-swap-book-041

block-swap-book-047

block-swap-book-020

It’s now something I’ll always treasure. And here it is at the show.

quilt-show-2016-034

Sharon xxx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

TrackBack URL

http://www.raggyrobin.co.uk/fifteen-block-challenge/trackback/

PAGE TOP
%d bloggers like this: