Friday, December 5, 2014

Challenge Quilts

Last night at Annie's Star Quilt Guild's December meeting was a potluck, cookie exchange, December Christmas block exchange but best of all... this year's Challenge Quilts were displayed along side piles of our Community Service quilts. My camera seemed to only focus on the Challenge quilts! and after reviewing them this morning discovered I missed one whole section!!! and it was the section with the #1 most voted entry was hanging. Silly me! It was a challenge to take pix dodging back and forth and in between on lookers, all of us making the very hard decision of voting for our favorites. All were amazing!
Black and White and Read All Over
Criteria... the size, 24 x 24, must include the letter and the black and white swatch of fabric provided in the gold tube we each received and in the theme of reading. Did not have to stay with the black and white.

Just realized I may have missed two sections! I am so fired! We did have allot of fun tho. Following dinner and the voting most of us took turns on the stage, at the podium with a mike (anyone that knows me, a biggie!) and talk about our project while Grace held our entry. Grace, Bonnie and Michelle each did such a wonderful job organizing and setting up the whole process. Thank you ladies!!! They also made a quilt but did not enter them in the voting, so nice and humble of them because they would have received many votes! Following are close ups of just a few...

by Connie A (out of focus :0(
One of the top vote getters (is that a word?;0)
Going for a Jacobean theme, love her borders. She told us how she removed the top and bottom borders and reoriented them after she finished quilting it! lol
A good decision altho allot of work! It really frames the quilt nicely! Well done Connie!

by Brandie C (ABC)
Great design and concept! as well as her amazing applique and machine quilting. Both Brandie and Connie are accomplished FMQ quilters!
Brandie's also fell into the top vote getters
As well as Kathy Thomas' quilt (not pictured) was #1
Kathy is new to our guild! She is also the person that purchased my Gammill. I've really enjoyed watching her grow as a quilter and is fast becoming very good! She left the meeting early as she has been ill, get better soon Kathy!

by Cassy and in the top four!

by Pat
This is so cute, as a grade school teacher Where the Wild Things Live was her favorite book to read to her students... Perfect! Well done!!!
A couple more of my favorites...
by my friend Sandra E
by Lynn P
 Marilyn K's Sugar Sculls
Marilyn has lots of scull fabric, the back was just as cool as the front!

Judy J's Shoe tree with her two dogs

Grace C's Heidi, she had the letter H

Michelle's beautiful Redwork

Bonnie and Grace with Bonnie's quilt. 
These two ladies are mother and daughter as well as two talented quilters!
All of us have learned so much from them over many years! Thank you again ladies!!!

One more added here, this is Gail's challenge quilt...
Off to the side because it is mounted/stretched onto a frame
with the mechanism to make it a real clock! Very clever and creative!
and last, the quilt I made for the challenge
Very much outside of my 'traditional box'! 
Made for my brother Paul who loves to read and play music, my letter was P. The Fender logo and guitar are both made to scale because my brother will know that! Other than the FQ for the background all made from scraps from my friend Donna. Every single piece of fabric has music on it to 'camouflage' the black and white piece of music fabric that was contained in my tube. It was fun altho I didn't allow myself time to completely finish it before the deadline. Embellishments like beads will be added for the knobs and tuning pegs on the guitar. Working on it the day it was turned in, I machine stitched the binding down instead of hand stitched and did a terrible job at that so that will be fixed too. Debating if I will hold off sending it to Paul until after our guild's quilt show next year, November 2015 or to send it off now. I can't wait for him to see it! Wish I could be there.
Enjoy your day and the weekend!
We have another day of rain! Yea!!! Glad we had a break from it yesterday leaving a woindow to move and set up all the quilts at last night's meeting. It's impressive to see all of the wonderful quilts our members make for Community Service.

Groetjes, Jo
"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."
Native American Proverb

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