The book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet challenge

Our guild has issued a challenge this year for our annual Creativ Festival display of quilts to make a quilt from a book that you bought that you haven’t made the quilt from yet.  I was going to add the challenge for myself of piecing curves and make Modern Millie but the background I picked and ordered for my quilt was a bit darker than I would have liked when it arrived.  Add in Christmas events, customer quilts, and workshops taking up my time and I started to worry that I would run out of time to complete my entry.  I shifted gears towards the completion of a quilt that I had started last summer–Off the Grid.

The quilt was created as the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild’s Charity Quilt Challege entry for QuiltCon 2015. The challenge was to make a quilt using an ‘off-grid’ construction. The EMQG produced their version of the quilt in a random, improv style and Jo Avery produced the pattern for a structured version of the quilt.  The pattern appeared in the Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, issue Twenty Six.

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My version of this quilt uses a mixture of prints and solids. In 2014, some members of the FVMQG took a bus trip to Sisters, Oregon in July to see the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We were able to visit the famous Stichin’ Post, a quilt shop located in Sisters that is owned by Jean and Valori Wells. I purchased two fat quarter packs of Valori Wells’ fabrics as my souvenir of the trip and used them along with coordinating solids in my version of this quilt.

Sisters is a very small town with a population of only 2,038 (as of the 2010 Census), located 155 miles southeast of Portland in the high desert. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July every year to attend this quilt show.

2017 Creativ Festival Challenge entry (flimsy) 64 in x 74 in

2017 Creativ Festival Challenge entry (flimsy) 64 in x 74 in

Now I just need to get this quilted and bound by the March 9, 2017 deadline!

A Baker’s Dozen UFO’s

Our guild has issued a UFO challenge to our members – the Finish-It-Up Challenge! – 1st Quarter 2017.  The challenge runs February 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017.

The rules are simple: 
1) We must upload photos to the special group created on Facebook.  Deadline for entering is January 31, 2017.
2) Our photos must be of projects started but not yet completed. It must be evident in the photo that they have some sewing on them — stacks of fabric, even if cut, won’t work.
3) Enter as many as you like, but please try to enter all on the same post.
4) Each finish gets us one entry into the draw.  Deadline for posting pictures of finished projects is April 30, 2017.

My list of UFO entries are as follows.

1 - St Patrick's Day Table Runner

1 – St Patrick’s Day Table Runner – needs quilting & binding

Off the Grid - This is my Creativ Festival challenge so it has to be finished!  This one still needs piecing, quilting & binding

2 – Off the Grid – This is my Creativ Festival challenge so it has to be finished! This one still needs piecing, quilting & binding

3 - Chicken Table Runner - needs quilting & binding

3 – Chicken Table Runner – needs quilting & binding

4 - Poinsettia Table Runner - this one needs quilting & binding

4 – Poinsettia Table Runner – this one needs quilting & binding

5 - Valentine's Day - this one needs quilting & binding

5 – Valentine’s Day – this one needs quilting & binding                                                                       DS

6 - Singing the Blues - this one is now quilted although this picture shows it at the flimsy stage.  Just needs the binding now.

6 – Singing the Blues – this one is now quilted although this picture shows it at the flimsy stage. Just needs the binding now.                                        DS

7 - O Christmas Tree - just needs some large buttons attached to the end of the branches.  I don't even want to think about how many years this one has been sitting in the pile.

7 – O Christmas Tree – just needs some large buttons attached to the end of the branches. I don’t even want to think about how many years this one has been sitting in the pile.                                          DS

8 - 4PSP - from the 4-Patch Stacked Posey Pattern - this one just needs the binding sewn down

8 – 4PSP – from the 4-Patch Stacked Posey Pattern – this one just needs the binding sewn down

9 - Crumbs - needs binding.  This one also needs the cat hair to be removed from it.  The cat has gotten tired of waiting for this one to be finished and has claimed it.  :)

9 – Crumbs – needs binding. This one also needs the cat hair to be removed from it. The cat has gotten tired of waiting for this one to be finished and has claimed it. :)

10 - Canada's Big Quilt Bee Slab Quilt - needs quilting & binding

10 – Canada’s Big Quilt Bee Slab Quilt – needs quilting & binding

11 - Ode to Freddy - needs hand quilting on the leaves and stem  I am hand quilting phobic but I am determined to do big stitch quilting on this one.

11 – Ode to Freddy – needs hand quilting on the leaves and stem I am hand quilting phobic but I am determined to do big stitch quilting on this one.

12 - Check Plus - This one needs quilting & binding

12 – Check Plus – This one needs quilting & binding

13 - Wonky Pinwheel - this one needs quilting & binding

13 – Wonky Pinwheel – this one needs quilting & binding

We are going to be doing this challenge each quarter.  I think this is just the ticket that I needed to keep focused on “finishes” this year!