Riley Blake Challenge Fabric

Tonight at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, the Riley Blake challenge fabrics were handed out. Here are mine.


Each piece is a fat eighth; of course I am allowed to buy more from the Creative Rockstar collection. I can also combine the prints with Riley Blake confetti cotton solids. The only other rule is to make something quilted. And finished. I usually aim for a child sized quilt. I have until April 30th. That should be enough time to get an idea, shop for fabric,  and make a project.

The words on the bottom fabric are subtle. So far I’ve seen “eat,” “sleep,” and “creativity.” I’ll look more closely later. Maybe the words will give me a design idea. This “show” is online, with quilt photographs entered and judged. The projects never become a physical show.

Guild has another challenge going as well,  quilts that speak.  Every month someone will present a different technique for making letters.  In preparation, the presentation tonight was about quilts with words.  The first part was history of friendship and charity quilts with embroidered signatures, of alphabet quilts–embroidered, pieced and appliqued,  of signatures and mottoes.  The second part was about tips for legible messages and for design decisions from bold to subtle. The goal is that members finish a bunch of quilts with messages, from serious to funny, to be included in our corner of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in 2018. Although the Sisters show is not a juried show, our guild juries our entries.

My thinking cap is on for both those projects. And for the Threads of Resistance call for entries. That one has to be finished and photographed by May 1. It is a juried show that has several venues planned.

Getting three ideas in that amount of time is not so difficult; finishing the projects may be another story.

I guess getting fabric is moving forward, even if barely. So linking up. Button in sidebar.



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9 responses to “Riley Blake Challenge Fabric

  1. You’ve got some lovely graphic prints and colours to work with.

  2. I really love the idea of the presentation about quilts with words. Did you have a guild member do the presentation? Can you tell me who (if someone who does guild presentations regularly?) It would be fun to see your guild show at Sisters.

  3. Cool challenge fabric and I have been also thinking about a piece to submit to the Threads of Resistance Call for Entry!

  4. dezertsuz

    That is a lot in a short time, unless they are all really small! The fabrics you’ve shown should work up nicely into something. Two interesting colorways. I’ll be following your progress, so post some. LOL

  5. Sounds like some fun challenges! Good luck!

  6. Ah-ha! Thanks for alerting me to threads of resistance!

  7. Good luck! May you find all the time you need. 8)

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