A Challenge is on the Table

The other day I was having a conversation with members of my quilting group, and the subject of exhibiting one’s quilts came up. I was of the opinion that my quilts would never be good enough to show at a juried competition. Not out of false modesty, but actually DO believe this wholeheartedly. My quilting has always been informal, and just “for the fun of it.” I have never had any designs on winning awards, being published, or making an income out of this avocation. I just do it because I like to. True, some of my quilts have sold at certain crafts fairs and such, but I have never thought this fact indicative of some superior quality. Nice looking, perhaps; pretty, sure; nice fabrics, no doubt; interesting color combinations, likely. But competition quality? Hardly.

So when the gauntlet was thrown by my cohorts the other night, that I should not sell myself short and give the competition a try, I decided I’d take the challenge. So I’ve begun working on a project to present at our next guild’s Quilt Show. I’ve taken a design from one of my favorite books, Material Obsession, Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke (http://amzn.to/16aVt05), only I’ve tweaked it somewhat. So far I’ve cut all the pieces and I’m in the process of sewing them together. I’ve already run into a problem, however; I can’t quite work out the corners. Considering I’ve altered the size of the blocks, this will take some doing. But I said I’d do it, so by golly, that’s what I’ll do!

UFO’s and odds & ends

I recently received a bunch of leftover quilt blocks from a friend in our quilting group. They were quite lovely, but very different in size, shapes and style. I like the challenge of taking odd blocks and leftover projects and make something out of them. It is a very rewarding experience, one that I enjoy more and more, as it provides next to instant gratification.

When I was visiting my quilting friend Page last week, I brought all those odd blocks with me and turned them into 4 very different quilt tops that you can see below. They are all going to our local Linus Project–our quilt guild charity. Enjoy!

Georgia Quilt Show

My friend Anne and I went to the Georgia Quilt Show at the Gwinnett Civic Center last Saturday (Oct. 22). It was a great show with lots of vendors, LOTS of them! And a great display of beautiful quilts that were part of the exhibit.

I find that no matter how many times I go to quilt shows, I always find something that inspires me. In this case, there was much to be inspired by, as you can see by a few of the pictures below.

Some of the vendors also displayed some very innovative and fun projects:
Made from a wool glove
 Made from tube socks! Cute!
 This shop had wonderful wools and ad hoc projects.
 Just browsing…
I’m very glad I went to this show. Now I’m even more inspired to get into my sewing room and get to work!