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Some ideas for the “New from Old” Quilt Contest

New from Old Quilt Contest

I’ve been playing around in EQ6 this afternoon, planning some ideas for the “New from Old” Quilt Contest for the Alliance of American Quilts. I picked up some lovely super bright fabrics in Lancaster last week, with the plan to use them in some way.

First up, is my totally insane log cabin. These blocks would finish at 7.5″ and each block contains 57 paper pieced sections. While I love the psychedelic look, that’s just a little more work than I wanted to undertake for this contest. I might keep the idea in mind for something else though, but on a bigger scale.

I tried to match the colours in EQ6 with the fabrics I purchased the best I could. The eight-colour option for the fabrics I have on hand, just doesn’t work. The design might work really well with just two options.

Four colours:


Eight colours:


Next up are some pinwheel star options. I like these a lot as they can be quick pieced with Brenda Henning’s Triangulations CD. The blocks finish at 6.5″ and each 1/2 square triangle finishes at 1 5/8″. Small, but piecing them on the paper first really helps with accuracy.

This is my favourite option so far … tentatively called Tuity Fruity Pinwheel Stars:


Solid fabrics (a little washed out in the photo):


A variation without sashing and introducing another colour for the 1″ border:


While I like it without sashing just fine, I prefer the option with sashing.

A couple of different colourways that would use different marble-like fabrics shown below.

I adore these fabrics but wish I had a yellow.

Thoughts, preferences? I’d love to hear them. I’ve never entered a contest before, and I must admit I’m rather intimidated by it. Instead, I’m thinking of it as making a 16″ square mini quilt. Much less pressure.

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This post was published on March 30th, 2010. Post topics: My Quilting Journey, Special Features.

3 Responses to “Some ideas for the “New from Old” Quilt Contest”

  1. Amy Milne says:

    I love the Tuity Fruity Pinwheel Stars, Michele! Especially like the ones with the sashing. I could see something special like a button or a tiny applique or embroidery or a charm in the center square and/or in the corners. Hey–it’s so much easier to tell other people what to do than to get started yourself!

    Ok–you’ve motivated me and I hope a lot of other folks to get going. I did a quilt for our 2008 contest (http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/projects/galleries/My%20Quilts/Our%20History/1-6-93/Kumasi%20Spools)–finished it only days before the deadline. I wished I’d started earlier because once I had one of these little quiltlets under my belt I was ready to make a few more! : )

    Thanks for sharing–can’t wait to see the finished piece!

  2. Annie says:

    Hi Michelle-
    Wow! I really like your the one you picked out- and what a tough call to make as they all are really very nice. I am drawn to the 2nd image without sashing- it seems to really flow. And that is what I just love about quilting- so many ways to create such beautiful pieces of work that there never seems to be a wrong way to do something!
    Great job and look forward to seeing the finished piece!

  3. Mishka says:

    Hi Annie,

    Thank you very much for your comments. I’ll have to see how it looks once I have the blocks done. I might just like the pattern formed better without sashing too.


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