5/13/2009

So We Had a Challenge

First let me say that I have some nice Show and Tells (Holiday Inns, original designs, etc.) from the last two sessions of class, and will post soon. Our new session of classes has been planned by our noble leader Kathy. We are going to have interesting swaps, challenges, research homework (!), and projects that will encourage our creativity. I think this is all delightful and am looking forward to all of it so much. You remember (I am completely out of time and do not remember the details) the group challenge where members received one of a set of antique blocks and they each made a quilt with the antique block as inspiration? We are doing that as well. Here is the antique block that we each received, "collected" (I love that word :-) ) by Kathy:
Notice mine has a hideous stain on one chrome yellow piece.  But did I complain?  I did not.  I was a saint.  

Since I've been wanting to do this ever since seeing that group's quilts, I got mine made:

I cut each of the non-chrome pieces into two strips and incorporated them into the two French Braid strips, then of course the chrome became the flowers.  One non-chrome piece was a hideous furry navy blue that I did not want to put into my pretty quilt, so I put a narrow slice of it, as skinny as possible, with that cute little woven piece and made a leaf with them.  

14 comments:

Karen said...

If I am understanding correctly, you used the fabrics from the actual antique quilt block to put into your new project? I really like what you came up with.

KC Quilter said...

Such creativity, I declare! Your viney flower really looks great set against the braid!

Libby said...

That is what I would call 'creativity above and beyond' . . . . you deserve a prize *s*

MARCIE said...

You know I rip off everything you make for my Karen M. folder. You nailed it O Great One! The binding is perfect!

Sue said...

I so think this is lovely and what a great idea. I really like how this came together.

Gwendie said...

That really is inspiration at work! Lovely, lovely, lovely.

I just had a look around your blog - love it!

Jeanne said...

What a great idea! You turned a sad, lonely block into a beautiful piece of art. Wonderful work!

YankeeQuilter said...

That is wonderful! We are doing a similar challenge with our guild show this fall. I don't think our blocks are as nice as yours (more 1930's-40's...)

paula, the quilter said...

My GF and I are doing something similar. Here is a link to the exhibit that started it all.

andsewon said...

Lovely just lovely! Vintage block or no that was not pretty...;-) I saw the ones done at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton.

AnnieO said...

That's a complete jaw dropper of creativity! I do think you got a winner block to start with, with so many great colors. Just amazing what you came up with. Amazing!

KathyN said...

Thanks for taking on the challenge and not WHINING! You know how I feel about that. See, some of the post-ers even thought it was a great block. Alls well that ends GREAT!

Kathie said...

oh great pictures, poor kid!
they are all so exhausted when they come home from school.
my high school dd needs a week to catch up on her sleep right now too much going on and the oldest college DD well it was 3 days of sleep when she returned from school another week to get in more with our time frame!
thanks for sharing the show and tell pic too, always wonderful to see.
LOVE this little quilt you made, need to do french braid strips one of these days
Kathie

andsewitis Holly said...

Rembrant is so cute! The hike sounds wonderful. Thanks for the quilt show. I love the border treatments on many of those.