Friday, February 22, 2019

Switching Gears

Wow - what a week! Time for a breather, and a change of direction for me. No, I'm not giving up on quilting. I just need to switch gears and work on a couple upcoming projects. 
Yep, that's three projects that need attention, after Ladybug Dance stole all of it over the last week.

Now, I know everyone is eager to see the Mediterranean Rose quilt, as it has gotten a ton of love so far.


Mediterranean Rose quilt by QuiltFabrication

Though it is off the frame, having had to make room for Ladybug Dance, it's just hanging around, begging for trimming and binding. It's waited almost 7 years to get to this stage, so what's a few more days, right? Just as long as it doesn't turn into weeks - that would really be sad. I'll try very hard to get it done soon.

Then there's a guild challenge for our show in May. We paid $5 to participate, receiving a fat quarter and a half of a fat quarter of these fabrics.


challenge fabrics

I'm usually pretty nice, and don't express strong opinions, but these fabrics are UGLY. Period. No doubt about it. I could say more, but then it would just start being rude. Or it come across as whining, which isn't a good thing either.

Anyway, since this is what I have to work with, the theme is 'how do you celebrate'. We can do just about anything except use white, black, or grey. Ugh. REALLY making this hard.

A few years ago, the guild did this type of challenge, which had some nice fabrics (the background, the green, and a white with grey dots). All I did was paint the white to make sand, and then added lots of fun extras.

guild challenge quilt by QuiltFabrication

It ended up getting a ribbon for best use of theme, which had to do with stars - we had to have 5 of them.

Fortunately, I do have an idea for this new challenge, which should be quick and satisfy the theme. Hopefully, I can get this done to turn into the meeting on Monday. Then I don't have to think about this fabric any more!!

When that's finished, I'll start in on the Going In Circles quilt for the Modern Art Quilt blog hop starting February 25 thru March 5. Good thing I know what I'm doing - just need to pull fabric and get sewing. Phew.

So, there you have it. My busy schedule for the next week or so - see you at the sewing machine!



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15 comments:

  1. Oh my! I can see why Mediterranean Rose quilt is getting so much attention. It's a LOOKER! GORGEOUS work, Susan! Can't wait to see the post on that one. :) Happy quilting.

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  2. Oh boy - you do have a challenge with those fabrics... maybe use some Navy blue with them? It will be fun to see what you come up with!

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  3. The Mediterranean Rose quilt is just gorgeous. Those fabrics are definitely a challenge; can't wait to see what you make of them!

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  4. Your challenge fabrics are um interesting. Maybe circus animals? You animals are always so cute. Navy, pale pink, burgundy backgrounds? I know you'll be very clever.
    Cynthia

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  5. Your challenge fabrics are interesting, that's for sure!! I see a "glamping" scene with some of the "tents" appliqued on a campground background and the blue with purple blobs cut and appliqued on to be the pathways between the tents...stepping stones! I am interested to see where you take these fabrics!!

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  6. I love your Mediterranean Rose quilt. It is stunning! If it were not that it would spoil the spirit of the challenge, I eould just chuck the challenge and say that I just made a $5 donation and donate the fabric. I MIGHT be able to stretch the blue/purple as a dot in an applique or something. I tend to agree that they are not on the high end of what I would consider pretty fabric. I might try to cut out the stripes for some pin wheels or something if they are positioned such that you can for large enough pieces. My first thought was cabanas at the beach - that's a little obvious for me. I also thought of the Flinstones with the dot type print. The Flinstones at the Beach - LOL. I am not very creative. You will do this! I don't know why - belly dancers also popped into my head with the tents. Maybe you can find an idea if you look on Pinterest - quilts with tents or just tents. I have no other ideas for you. I have no idea what constraints you have other than to use the fabric. I do wish you Good Luck!

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    1. Thanks for the ideas! One other rule was the front had to have 75% of the given fabrics - quite a lot.
      I managed to succeed in meeting the rules and I'm happy with my finish.

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  7. Can't wait to see what you do with your challenge "beauties". My first thought was.... wouldn't be too bad with some white, black and grey....... then I read on and went Oh my, Good luck! Even the Chameleon might struggle with these! Actually, I'm pretty sure you are going to make something fabulous as usual.

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    1. Definitely ugly fabrics, but I ended up ignoring the print of the tent fabric and used it as a background. Then I quilted the crap out of it to tone it down!
      The project is done, I had fun making it, and pleased with how it turned out. So overall, a good experience, no matter how garish that fabric was. Unfortunately, I can't show it until May, cause some of my followers are guild members, and I don't want to influence their vote!

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  8. I love the tent fabric and dots. The comments above have given some really good ideas. Your challenge quilt made great use of three dimensions, especially with the wavy green leaves. I’m sure you will do something fun this time. Your rose quilt is a real winner!

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    1. I think you're one of the few who like this fabric! My project is done, and I'm pretty happy with it - you'll see it in May.

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  9. Really looking forward to what you do with these challenge fabrics!

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    1. The challenge has been met - you'll see it in May after our quilt show.

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  10. Wow...I'm glad you said it...those are some wild fabrics. And you can't use white, grey, or black? That makes it extremely hard. Good luck.

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  11. My guild used to pick the most hideous fabric they could find on purpose for their annual challenge. The idea was that it made creating a quilt into "a challenge". The idea of purposefully choosing and purchasing something bad baffled me as there are more pretty fabrics than I'll even get around to using. I love your rose quilt.

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