Today I get to share my finish for the Music City MQG’s Paint Chip Challenge! The goal was to work outside our color comfort zones by using two randomly chosen colors. It was a challenge for sure, but a fun one!
But first, a recap.
- You must use your two chip colors (prints are allowed as long as they are mostly the color). You can add ONE bridge color, PLUS black or white.
- What you make is up to you! Minis, mini-minis, bags, table runners… play around and have fun! As a general guideline, 18″-24″ is a sweet spot.
- Finished projects will be shown off at the September meeting!
In June, we pulled two paint chip colors and I chose two shades of pink: a coral and a fuchsia. Check out my fabric pull here!
These Kona solids were the perfect match!
I decided not to use a third color, but took inspiration from this Loominous print (Big Love in Candy) that contains both of my paint chip colors, plus shades of purple, orange, and a bit of white.
For this challenge, I really wanted to try something new, so I stuck with Anna Maria Horner and used her Creativebug tutorial for the Folk Flower block which features reverse applique.
(If you haven’t been following along with WIP Wednesday, check out a progress update here!)
I was intimidated by reverse applique, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly, and I was super pleased with the result. Whew!
After two Friday Night Sews with my guild and a Sew Day at home, I completed the four blocks and set them on point to create a banner. To finish it up, I tried out hand quilting – another new thing for me! I probably didn’t do it “correctly” but I had fun anyway!
I was stitching up until the last minute on Friday night, and I could probably keep going, but once I attached the tassel at the bottom and the dowel on the back (I used a modified version of Twiggy and Opal’s hanging corners tutorial), I was officially done!
This banner is going in the nursery, I just have to find the perfect place for it. Once the crib is moved in, I think that will help me decide where to put it. But I think it fits right in already!
Here are a few closeups of the hand quilting on each flower – I had fun with each one!
On Saturday morning, I got halfway to the guild meeting before I realized that I left my finish at home… ugh. Sam had just gotten the baby down for a nap, so I turned back around and was twenty minutes late, but even though I missed the first half of Show & Tell, at least I wasn’t the last one there.
I really enjoyed working on this challenge over the last few months. I haven’t been sewing as much this year as in the past, but without guild projects like this, I might not be sewing at all. That’s just one of the reasons I love my guild!
Speaking of… here’s one more reason!
The ladies presented a quilt for Amelia, and I couldn’t have been more surprised or overwhelmed with gratitude. Quilty friends are the best!
I’m calling this one the SS Amelia because that’s just what Jill quilted onto one of the boats!
I love, love, love this sweet quilt, and so does Amelia. I’m so lucky to have found such a generous group of ladies that have made me feel at home in a new place.
I’ve already written way too much for one post, so check in tomorrow for more pics from Saturday – the trunk show and workshop with Cotton + Steel designer Alexia Abegg!