Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fabric Challenge

The VMQG sent away for free fabric for a quilt challenge and you wouldn't believe the fabric that arrived.  I think most people thought it was the ugliest fabric they had seen.  I'm hoping it's just the colour way that we received, but I've seen some other guild's material and even the lighter colour way isn't much better.  I think this collection doesn't hang together as a group.
I've been trying to do something nice with the fabric, but having no luck.  So then I decided to embrace the ugliness and pick and some solids that don't try to match the fabric.  I actually picked 4 fabrics going from yellow to olive.  I wanted to try a lattice style quilt so I made 80 blocks with a diagonal of the Habitat fabric.
The lattice layout just wasn't working at all.  I then tried a mix of lines and intersections then tried them all going in one direction.  That ended up looking a little like rain, so I put a blue puddle at the bottom and decided that the quilt layout looks a little like rain through the leaves onto a lake.
However, I'm just no that into this quilt, so I think this is where it's going to stay.  Just a top.
I wasn't happy with the last challenge quilt I did either.  It was the Kona solids one.  I love Kona colours and these ones were great, but I just somehow missed the boat with the grey background I selected.  I think white might have set off the dark colours better.  I also think I need to quilt it more heavily, so I may pull it out again and try some more quilting on it.
Paul's Kona Challenge quilt by myredbike

Paul's Kona Challenge quilt, a photo by myredbike on Flickr.


  1. Wow I really like what you did with these colours! I agree, our FVMQG got ours (I haven't handed them out just yet tho') and they are very odd combinations of colours-pinks, oranges, golds, and blues. Very strange!

  2. I found it hard to match fabric too. I do like what you did with your challenge; try heavily quilting and you may fall in love with it.

  3. My son (he's 8)perked up while I was peaking at your blog, he wanted me scroll back to the Habitat quilt. It really caught his eye and he told me, "I really like that! It looks like a chess board!" Having quilts and paraphernalia spread throughout our house, for him to take note is significant! And I have to agree it is really eye catching. We are coming up to our guilds Habitat challenge and it will be one, that's for sure!