Today I get to have some fun showing off the creations made by our Mad About Patchwork Scrap Challengers. These girls didn't mess around! The original challenge prompted each to work with the 8 fabrics included in the Dreaming at Dusk bundle. They could add one other fabric and trims as desired and they had a little over a week for the making.
First up, Christine (aka SewCoole on Instagram) bravely attacked her first Sew Together bag. She's pleased with the outcome and says, "The fabrics were perfect for it!"
I'm loving the way the different fabrics highlight each of the pockets and special details in the bag construction. Way to show off all that work!
Next we have Adrienne of Chezzetcook Modern Quilts. She used the challenge as an opportunity to research quilting heritage in her home province, Nova Scotia. Adrienne said:
The quilters in Nova Scotia have been making the same patterns that all quilters have been making since the beginning of quilty time. Four patches, hexagons, Irish chains, bear paws, strip quilts, flying geese, HSTs. I was looking for something different. What I found was a comfortable solid ground.So, she made a string quilt!
It's foundation pieced with improv-cut string widths to keep her mind engaged. I love how it turned out, don't you?
And from our third challenger, Laura, we have a very meaningful mini quilt, designed to be a reminder to herself of what she has earned by enduring quite a bit of adversity in her life. Laura's thoughts on her design and intentions are too inspiring not to share in detail:
I think Freedom is a wonderful word. It means so much to many. To me it means freedom from my past and the permission to move forward in life with grace and enthusiasm!
I visualize the center bird of the ribbon dresden medallion as a phoenix rising from oppression. The quilting in the background of this section is quilted in flame.... using a variegated cotton thread from gutterman. The Freedom was free pieced sketching my idea out on graph paper and doing the maths to get all my letters the right height and a good width... I sketched stitched in navy blue the year in which I earned my freedom: 2017. The extra fabric I added to the mix is an old print, so I will look at this piece and always remember this time in my life.
They say we have 5-10 pivotal moments in our lives that change us. This will be a reminder of a very important pivotal moment in my life, in which I take back charge of who I am and that it is important to take care of me.
Thank you for this challenge. I enjoyed every stitch.
Thank you, Laura, for stitching from the heart and sharing yourself with us.
A great big thanks to all challengers for inspiring us with your creativity! It's incredible to see all that can be done with a handful of fat eighths.
Guess what? The fun is not over. One reader, anywhere in the world, will win a Dreaming in Dusk fat eighth bundle just for reading along! To enter to win, add your comment to this post now through noon, Monday February 27th. Don't forget to include an email address, if necessary, so I can reach you if you win.