I got back to my challenge quilt in April after trying out a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen machine at the Eleanor Burns Quilting Academy in California, and after my most generous friend Bobbie lent me hers for two weeks. I actually did all the quilting on it using Bobbie’s machine, then bought my very own Sweet Sixteen at the end of April as a result of stitching this quilt (and others).
Because the challenge was monochromatic, all the threads in this quilt are also in pink tones. Most were rayon threads, which added an extra sheen. All stitching in all blocks is done free motion — no rulers, no patterns, no drawn designs, just stitching where my hands and brain took me. Drawing zentangles on the plane to and from the US and at the conference really helped! As did the confidence I gained from working through all the Leah Day designs (see also My personal Leah Day project).
There are a lot of photos here as I wanted to preserve for posterity all the different stitching I did in the blocks, the sashing, and the borders — remember, I’ll be giving this quilt away (no, not to you, Sue!!). Click on a small photo to show it larger, then click on the larger version to show it full size.
Oh, and the reason why it’s taken months for me to post these articles and pictures is that our challenge piece is meant to be a secret from the others until we have our annual retreat in late September/October. We had our retreat last weekend, so I can now post my photos!
- Design and preparation: http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/challenge-quilt-2011-preparation/
- Piecing the top: http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/challenge-quilt-2011-piecing-the-top/