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.
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.
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).
Maureen had nearly finished her quilt too.
Val unveiled this beautiful room divider.
If you are wondering what the 16th block is, it’s a block naming each person who’d taken part.
And we ate cake
Sorry back to the quilts
Some were double sided, some were split into two separate projects, some were bed runners and table runners.
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.
Angela embellished hers with some pretty butterflies.
This is Mary White’s
And Gillian Banks
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.
The pattern on one block had to hit the block on the other side in just the right place!
I also tried to coordinate the colours to run through the book.
Hope you like it?
Anne Stark made all of her blocks by hand, so I kept with the handmade theme and hand tied it.
It’s now something I’ll always treasure. And here it is at the show.