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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The black and white fabric challenge

There is a quilt shop in town, but I don't often shop there. The owner's taste in fabrics is different than what I normally buy. A couple weeks ago I was in town on Sunday, and she had her flag out showing she was open, so I took a minute to run in to see what was new. She's having a challenge using these fabrics. Now normally I wouldn't participate in something like that; but having spent the day before with some quilt buddies on a road trip, I was still feeling the inspiration from being with them. (Yes, girls, I'm in awe of each one of you!)


Right away I knew my project had to be quick to sew because I need to turn in my project this weekend. I decided to use Blackbird Designs' quilt block that I posted about here and made this miniature quilt. The handles are fall colors of rust, brown, and dark green. I did a simple quilt-in-the-ditch machine straight stitch to hold the layers together. I took the time to fussy cut the binding along the printed lines of the plaid.



Voting will take place during a local shop hop in October, and votes are a penny apiece. Now I don't care if I win or not because the money raised will support an area charity, and that's a good thing. And there is already a stunning lap quilt entered, but it was fun to sew this up and give it a chance.

And the crazy black and white check fabric? I put it on the back!

17 comments:

Karen Sue said...

When's the shop hop?? I moved my Scrap & Sew because of surgery into Oct, but we're always game for a road trip around our football schedule and the fall weddings and the couples thing and Homecoming, and....hmmm...

Siobhan said...

What a clever way to use that fabric! Great job, Mary--it looks great.

Linda said...

Great job! I love that they are having that and donating to charity.

Sue said...

That's an adorable quilt, Mary and I hope you win. But like you said, either way it's a win since a charity is involved.

Enjoy your weekend.

Julia said...

oh fab job...I love the design!

Blessings
Julia

elizabeth said...

The quilts on your header are amazing! Me, not much gifted in the sewing area, unfortunately. Thanks for your kind comment on my PEI farmhouse post.

Barb said...

Very nice Mary! Basket blocks are always fun and what you have created is clever! Have a wonderful week! Blessings to you my friend!

Donna said...

Cute basket quilt! Love the idea of a penny for a vote! Hope you win!
Hugs,
Donna

Leann said...

Wow how fun is this? Love it!

I love the header photo too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Leann

Melanie said...

Baskets always charm me. Chels has done her living roomo in black and white. She'd love something like this.

Kathy Ellen said...

Love your beautiful quilt, and I think that the colors are great. Perfect match for the backing too because it compliments the fabric in the design so well!

Thelma said...

I love what you made for the quilt shop challenge, what a great idea! I don't think you can have too many basket quilts! You're so lucky to be able to quilt your own tops, I don't and can never get a project turned around and done very fast. Good Luck, but like you said, regardless of the outcome it's for a good cause.

Debbie said...

Mary, yesterday at the post office, I saw a woman in her fifties wearing a blue and white striped shirt with a short blue and black plaid skirt. I'm telling you, it's vogue! Go online to Anthropologie, and you'll see all sorts of combos like that. Crazy, ain't it? But, your throw is beautiful!

Karen said...

I like how this basket design has the little base on it. Gives it a more delicate look.

Rural Revival said...

Mary, It's beautiful and inspiring!

My mom gifted me with a brand new machine and has started me on a little project. Time will tell but I just might catch this quilting bug. : )

Hope all is well with you and yours.
~Andrea

Carrie P. said...

I like challenges if I can get an idea as soon as I see the fabric. You did a great little quilt. Good luck.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Lorri said...

I love it, very classic.