Monday, August 10, 2009

What's on my design wall?


This is one of my "in progress" projects. In July some of the local quilt shops hosted a shop hop. As part of that, they each sold a kit for 1 part of a mystery quilt. The shop hop was a "Quest for a Cure" shop hop, and the mystery quilt was made from fabric from Northcott's Quest for a Cure "Cambridge Square - Blue" fabric line.

Following a 3 year tradition, I decided to participate in the mystery, and donate the resulting quilt to thequilt.com - a charity that holds an annual quilt auction and donates the proceeds to cancer support groups. I have donated a quilt every year for the past 3, and I try to use at least some fabric from Northcott's current "Quest for a Cure" collection in the quilt I donate. So, this was a perfect starting point for my next donation, and I picked up all the kits on my tour.

Unfortunately, the first 2 parts of the mystery which I attempted were both short on fabric. A rather disappointing start. I debated my options: give it up as a lost cause; purchase an additional fat quarter of each of the 6 fabrics I was (so far) short on; or try to make something from what I had. I chose option 3. I gave up on the "mystery" aspect, and pulled out all the fabric and directions for the quilt. With a bit of creativity, I rearranged the colour scheme into something that was mostly achievable with the provided fabric. I picked up one extra matching fat quarter, and continued on my way.

I now have the 4 main blocks done, seen here on my design wall. All that remains to do is the sashing and border. Nine 3-inch star blocks are part of the sashing - I guess I'm doing some more work in miniature in the near future.

Head over to Judy's blog, to see what other quilters have on their design walls.

3 comments:

  1. Great blocks! Love the layout. Any idea what the name of the block is - or is there a patten?

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  2. Thanks! I don't know what the name of the block is, but it is apparently adapted from a pattern by Elizabeth Hamby Carlson. Looks like it might be a variation on Burgoyne Surrounded.

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  3. That is going to be a gorgeous little quilt. I love the pattern.

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