Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Challenge Quilt

About 2 months ago, one of my favourite quilt shops sent out an e-mail alerting it's readers to a quilt challenge.  We could get a free FQ at the Quilt Shoppe, pair it with another pre-chosen fabric, and then make a lap-sized quilts that would be donated to breast cancer patients.  There would be an opportunity to vote on the completed quilts, and also prizes for the winning quilts - and face it - who doesn't like prizes?  My 2 fabrics were shared in my July 6th post.  The darker fabric is the challenge fabric, and the other was a Basic Grey fabric.  I chose to do a variation on a Swoon quilt after seeing one on Pinterest.
I ran into a few issues - first of all, my father had recently given up his driving licence, so I'm now #1 or #2 "chauffeur" - when he "needs" to go to the library, or the bank, or wherever, I get a phone call, and everything gets dropped while I tend to dad's needs.  Then, I was diagnosed with tendonitis in my shoulder and arm, making it very difficult to work on a growing quilt.....  But, I persevered, and, one week late, got my quilt delivered.  I was somewhat hampered by the tendonitis, and couldn't do the Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) that I was planning, so it ended up being Stitch-in-the-Ditch, but I'm hoping that the eventual recipient won't mind.
And now for the unveiling:

I placed small pinwheels in each of the 4 border strips - they were made using the 4 pink fabrics that I used for the Swoon blocks; I also used leftover strips of the Swoon fabrics for a scrappy binding.  I used Warm and White cotton for the binding - I love the slightly vintage-y wrinkled look that it gives the quilt.  I dropped off the quilt yesterday - with the line "Done is better than perfect"....!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It's August...

....and I have another project to finish!  I'm so glad that Melissa and Shanna came up with the idea for "A Lovely Year of Finishes" - I may not have completed any of the quilts that have been featured here if it wasn't for them!  And, seeing as it's August, I need to commit to finishing something else - and I have at least 5 quilt-y projects that just need a boost to finally finish them.
So, without further ado, I give you:
My scrappy Dresdens!  I am pretty sure that I have at least 12 done - now I have to decide if that is going to make a large enough quilt, or do I need to make a few more plates...  You are going to have to check in here
in a few weeks to find out for sure.  I also need to decide on cornerstone block fabric, and how many (and how large) the borders will be.