Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quilt Challenge Revealed...


Here's my entry. I call it "The Quilt That Invented Itself". With only a fat quarter of the retro-floral-print challenge fabric to work with (we could have purchased more, and limited to the addition of pink, orange, black and white, this quilt just about did call the shots. I also wanted to primarily use fabrics on hand, so the black pin-dot was the lone purchase for this quilt. Can you suggest an appropriate name for this wacky lap-size quilt?





Here is the back. And a detail shot of the curly quilting in the rings. I combined free-motion quilting with colorful ties of embroidery floss to secure the layers.








Peggy's Heirlooms of Tomorrow, one of our local quilt shops, graciously hostessed our challenge tea. You can see the pretty table arrangement in the photo below, along with a wall full of more challenge quilts. There were more than 25 participants in this challenge. A record number, despite our little bit of whining about the challenge print!






Just look at the variety of techniques, methods, ideas everyone used! No wonder quilters love a challenge. The assortment of quilts seen together is quite exciting. You can just get a glimpse of Carol's "Viewer's Choice" winner... it's the Log Cabin and Butterfly quilt at the lower left of the photo below. It's king size and gorgeous. Mine is peeking out right next to hers.



Below on the right is Kay's winning quilt done in Seminole-style piecing and heavily embelllished. The entry on the left is all pieced over paper shapes as in English Paper Piecing.




And this one at right is Dot's "Crossing the Rio Grande" quilt.




Eddie made a quilt using design units from "Beyond the Block" (AQS Publishing), and Sharon made hers into a row-by-row quilt. So there you have it... the Country Road Quilters fall challenge. We're on to our next one now. It's Stars. I'm going to try and plan it rather than allow it to invent itself this time. But then again... maybe not.
















































6 comments:

Robbie said...

Love your challenge piece! Looks like a meteor shower of circles! The back is great as well!!! VERY nice job, Nancy!! You'll have to bring your quilts when we meet up in Jan. at our house!!

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

I have to say it again. Artists truly amaze me - give them all the same challenge and they come out with such unique designs it blows ones mind to bits. Yours is incredible .. I love that you allowed it to invent itself. I'm so impressed with your free motion circles .. lots like you've had lots of practice. Seeing all the quilts together was almost like being there ... such variety, such colour. I enjoyed the show every much. :o) Donna

LynCC said...

Amazing variety! Thank you for sharing the results. Yours makes me think of a Magician's Rings - you know how they pop the seemingly-solid rings against each other a few time and they suddenly interlock?

Nancy said...

Nancy, I love what you created with your fabric......your colors just pop...
Great Job girlfriend.....

sonja said...

Nancy, what fun and what lovely challenge quilts by your membershp! how many are your strong? i do think your "ring toss" quilt is one of my favorites here because this allowed the muse to play. don't you love the challenge of not buying anything ,well almost, new to make a quilt? i do.!! i call that the " don't go buying anything " challenge. my flexable muse likes that too!
have a great week end!

jan b. said...

"Piano Bar" is what came to my mind when I saw those lovely champagne bubbles rising above the now colorful "ivories".