Only in the depths of winter, and only under a little duress, would something so rainbow-bright and utterly lacking in neutrals come out from under my needle…
I took a break from my EPP baby quilt last week to enter something in the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Everybody who signed up for the challenge received this bundle of fabrics:
Receiving the fabrics didn’t really inspire any creative ideas for me, so I washed them and folded them and they sat on the shelf for 5 months or however long it’s been… until a week before the deadline when I knew I had to make something. Hmmm. The challenge rules allowed other Riley Blake fabrics to be added, so in my stash I found a few more prints in orange and red. Together with the challenge fabrics they made an almost-rainbow and since this was a Challenge, I figured I should go ahead and try out a color scheme that I wouldn’t normally use. Looking at it now I realize that I didn’t really use that much of the challenge fabric at all, but it is all Riley Blake stuff so it fits the criteria…
It was fun to put together another English paper piecing design and applique it to a beautiful cross-woven solid that’s been in my stash for eons. I made it kind of large so it would go together quickly- the center diamonds are 3 inches on each side. It is hand quilted it with #12 Valdani perle cotton in a spring green. I’m really liking #12 for hand quilting rather than the thicker #8 that seems to be more readily available. Maybe just because I’ve been making small-ish things.
I love that the MQG hosts these challenges, because it’s so fun to see what different people are making from the same fabric. But this one, for me, was just a bit of a bummer because I was so uninspired by the fabric. I like my final quilt well enough, but it just doesn’t excite me like some things I’ve worked on, y’know? I’m happy I finished it though, because finishing projects is one of those life skills that I need to work on, and now I have a happy little quilt I can pass off to my kiddos to enjoy.
By the way, there are a ton of entrants out there who obviously were inspired by the fabric and made some fantastic things… here is one by Doris Brunnette that made it to the top 10 that I absolutely love:
I’m linking up again with Jessica’s Monday Morning Star Count!