Two Guilds = Two Challenges

Challenges come in various shapes and sizes.  Some start with fabric combinations. One such is the Modern Quilt Guild’s Riley Blake challenge; it starts with six fat quarters of Riley Blake Basics.

Six Riley Blake fat quartersMy first thought was that the fabrics needed space between them (though I’ve since seen some great examples where they were used adjacently). My second thought was that the aqua chevron pieces needed to be large to showcase the print (though I’ve seen some cut small that look great). The rules are pretty open: add any solid; add any Riley Blake print; may omit any of the six fabrics; object must be quilted.

I decided on an  infant-size quilt (for the baby with modern taste) and got out the graph paper. I started with a large square for the aqua and added squares around it. Might be the first time I’ve liked a first draft of a design–oh I did enlarge the aqua square to make the other measurements come out better. I finished the top at a recent guild retreat.

RB quilt topI had cut the pieces at home before the retreat, so sewing it went fairly quickly; I was finished in a couple of hours. Now to think on quilting options.

It went together so quickly that I feared running out of projects at the 3-day retreat. So that night instead of counting sheep, I planned a pair of pillows with the left over fabric.

RB pillow topsI have been playing with slash-and-insert lately, and this fabric seemed fitting for such a project. Interestingly, these pillows took as long to assemble as the above quilt top. Even though it has happened before, I remain amazed at how much time improv takes. It takes longer than the more regular squares and rectangles that I can chain piece. Every slash is a new design decision. Every slash is as much a possibility of ruining what is there as enhancing it. I came very close to abandoning the two pillow idea and making just one because I liked the top at that point. But I went ahead with my plan and don’t dislike the pair. Also incubating quilting ideas.

Then there are challenges where chance makes some decisions. Such a challenge was offered by my other guild.  We drew a number which became a page number. We closed our eyes and drew a magazine (not a quilting magazine) from a big pile. The challenge is to use our page (the number drawn) as inspiration for a quilt: colors, designs, or words.  My magazine was a journal for horse breeders and racers. I have until spring, and the quilt is small.  I will have an idea by then.

ETA link to Sunday Stash.

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13 responses to “Two Guilds = Two Challenges

  1. Ohhh… they look wonderful! I think I know what I’m going to do with my Riley Blake FQ’s but I’ve yet to start. Eeek! Time is running out! Can’t wait to see you finished projects.

  2. Great job with the challenge! Love the big chevron. Stopping by from WIP Wednesday.

  3. MC

    Great design, that’s a really cool quilt top! I would’ve had a hard time cutting the improv piece as well, but I think it’s going to make fun modern cushions.

  4. quilt32

    Exciting quilt – very creative.
    Lillian

  5. That’s a great challenge, and you did a fine job figuring out how to use the fabrics. Love the slash/insert pillows, as always!

  6. dezertsuz

    I very much like the top, not so sure about the pillows. I’m so into symmetry, that would take me some time to get used to. One reason I joined that improvi-robin you mentioned. I like the way your second guild has challenged you. Very unique! I’ll be interested in seeing what you do for it.

  7. CeLynn

    Really love your modern quilt top! Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment on my cone zone quilt 🙂 The answer to your question,my son was crouched down holding the quilt from behind!

  8. love the modern feel of this! great use of the challenge fabrics!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday… I am really impressed with your top. I’m not very good at improvising so I enjoy seeing others who are! That chevron fabric would have thrown me for a loop as I wouldn’t have wanted to cut it up – great solution.

  10. You have two very different solutions from one bundle of fabric, marvelous! Thanks for visiting Sunday Stash!

  11. What a fun guild! I like the smaller squares up against the big ones. Fun geometry going on!

  12. Very creative indeed. I like the layout you came up with and the pillows are even better. Well done.

  13. I’m sure that a modern baby somewhere is going to be thrilled! Love the quilt!

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