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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Paint chip challenge

The Blue Mountain Quilter's Guild latest challenge is a paint chip challenge.  In this challenge you had to find paint chips whose names started with the same letter as your commonly used name.  e.g. - since my name is Janet, all the paint chips' names had to start with a "J", and then you could only use fabrics of those colours in your quilt.  The quilt has to fit into a 36"square.

Let me tell you, colours beginning with a "J" are not particularly common!  Luckily, we were also able to include the French spellings, so that gave me a few more options.
I have a colleague at work who is going on maternity leave in the next couple of weeks, so this quilt is going to do double duty.
I've had my fabrics selected for a little while now,
just a tease!  okay a value check
the fabric selection
but I was at a bit of a loss as to what I was going to do until I saw this postSew, Mama, Sew is hosting a new Modern BoM Sew along.  While I don't generally participate in BoMs, I did really like the first block they were offering.
This block, "Up From Here", by Alyssa Lichner of Pile of Fabrics was just the inspiration I needed!  While the BoM block is 24" square, that was too big for my purposes, so I resized it to be 18" square. 
Up From Here
Up From Here block designed by Alyssa Lichner / Pile of Fabrics
Once I knew what I was going to do, this quilt top came together really quickly - in about 2.5 hours I had a completed quilt top using 4 blocks.

4 square

 It took me just as long to figure out my backing - I wanted to use up the FQs I had used on the front.  Success!

4 Square back

Did a little free motion continuous curves quilting - I love this design - you really don't have to be perfectly accurate with your arcs - your eye will see it and say it is circles and you're good!

I've got until Friday night to finish the quilting and get it bound.

Linking up this week to The Needle and Thread Network

Happy quilting!


HollyM said...

I love the challenge idea and your resulting quilt. I'm curious as to how it worked. Did there just have to be one color on a card that started with J?

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice....I'm curious as to how you did the quilting...was it circles; or did you quilt the loopy pattern? It's lovely

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

What a great idea for a challenge! Love how you handled it-your piece is really fun!

Renate said...

Love your colours Janet, and your block placement. Lovely!! Now I just have to finish mine!

elle said...

I seem to collect paint chips! :) But I like that block and your fabric choices.

Ann Symes said...

Pretty little quilt - I love the circle quilting.

Peggy said...

Oh, how perfect! That's gorgeous! But now I have to ask, what ARE the names of the colors?

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

what a fun challenge!! And you did a great job with the it!

Beth said...

What a great challenge! I love the block you used. I bet you could do a lot of different patterns by turning it.
As always your quilting is amazing.

Anonymous said...

That quilting really suits it. I love the 4 blocks set in rotation.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful FRESH looking quilt! I love the colours. What line of fabric for the white with yellow flowers etc? Did you free motion those circles? So many questions because I just took a modern quilt workshop and I think that I may be going to the "other side" for a bit! I love the freshness of the designs!

Helen in the UK said...

Great job - love the quilting :)

Anonymous said...

Love the blocks I really like the clean lines.
Neat way to use up the FQ Congrats! :-)

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Great challenge idea. I love the pattern you chose, and the fabrics are lovely!

Maggi said...

Interesting idea for the challenge and the quilt design is striking and beautifully quilted.