Only in February…

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!

9 thoughts on “Only in February…

  1. I am kind of in love with your quilt. They are colours I would never choose myself, but I think it looks stunning! I am also in awe of your amazingly straight hand-quilting. (Having never quilted anything in my life, hand-quilting in general amazes me. Well, more like it terrifies me!) Good for you for finishing the challenge. Great work!

    • Well thanks Adrienne. This time I used a strip of painter’s tape to mark my quilting lines, which turned out to work perfectly!

      On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM, Jessie Aller wrote:

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  2. I am in love with your little quilt too! So unique and different from all the others. Thanks for the kind words on mine; it took me a long time to get started as well, but once I did…

    • Thanks Doris, I’m so glad your quilt WON! It really stands out from the crowd! And I’m glad that the winner didn’t use only the fabrics provided, which I was afraid was something they would be considering. Great job!

      On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM, Jessie Aller wrote:

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  3. Looking at the fabrics, I would not have been inspired either. But I am absolutely impressed with the design you developed. I have never hand quilted, but it is something I am really interested in and you do it so well!

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