Sunday, May 27, 2007
Last September the president of my guild issued a "President's Challenge" to the members. Each month in the newsletter a new block pattern was published, with instructions on how many of each block should be made to construct a mystery quilt. Some months we made 2 blocks and some months we made as many as 14 blocks! I followed along each month making the required number of blocks, using the fabrics I had chosen. I challenged myself to only use fabrics from my stash of batiks, and to substitute other scraps if I ran out of fabric along the way. It was quite difficult, especially since the pattern instructions required us to select 12 fabrics to start, but I am proud to say that no fabric was purchased for this challenge! Here is a photo of all of my completed blocks...9 months of patterns, 9 piles of blocks labelled with the name of the block and how many I sewed. This month's newsletter will give the instructions of how to sew the blocks together and we have the summer to complete our quilts. At the September meeting, all the mystery quilts will be displayed and viewer's choice awards will be given. I still have to decide if I have enough fabric leftover for a border and to piece some type of scrappy backing and binding from the leftover bits. This will be one very busy looking quilt...don't you think!??!?!