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Vote Now and Give-Away: Challenge Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

Hi everyone!

It’s time to vote and enter the give-away for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week’s theme is Challenge Quilts and our guest judges are Sandi from A Legacy of Stitches and Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs. They both have 100 bonus points that they’ll assign to four (or less) of their favourite quilts.

Give-Away: Quilters’ Cookbooks

Quilters' Cookbooks

I don’t have a sponsor for this week, so I’ll be giving away copies of the two Quilters’ Cookbooks that I put together from recipes submitted by quilters around the world. The top two quilters with the most votes (from the community plus guest judges) will win a PDF copy of both cookbooks. I’ll also award both copies randomly to two individuals that leave a comment below.

To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: How are you doing with your New Years’ resolutions?

You have until Monday, January 21, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. to enter the give-away.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Challenge Quilts:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 39
  • Total countries: 7
  • Total provinces: 1
  • Total states: 19

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

By: Becky Johnson,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Solar Threads

I created this quilt as part of a Tula Pink (fabric designer) challenge. We had to create a project that used her fabric or one of her patterns. It was the perfect opportunity to create a quilt from a pattern that was only in my mind, and to finally cut into my “Birds and Bees” fabric stash!

Quilt size: width: 68" height: 82"

64 Reasons I love You 64 Reasons I love You
By: Kerrie,
Georgia, USA
Blog: Pretty Lady Baby

My Father in Law is always talking about being on the right side. He calls it the plus side (He’s a Preacher). That was my inspiration. All the colors intercept until they meet and make that colors plus. I decided to call it 64 reasons I Love You because there are 64 squares.

Quilt size: width: 90" height: 90"

All About Me - Piecemakers' Challenge All About Me – Piecemakers’ Challenge
By: “Bert” Klimas,
Washington, USA

Our guild challenge was themed All About Me. No rules other than to use the supplied small floral fabric. Techniques learned were faux piped binding and printing on fabric. I printed names of places I’ve lived, family members, pets that have owned me, hobbies, and placed my avatar in the center.

Quilt size: width: 19" height: 19"

Athenas Puzzle Athenas Puzzle
By: Jean Romack,
Wisconsin, USA

Pattern Athena’s Puzzle by Janine Burke. All of the fabrics in this quilt came from Australia. I have a friend there that I met through a social network for sewers www,Connected Threadz. Long story short I emailed her a few of my original patterns and she sent me gorgeous fabrics from Australia.

Quilt size: width: 98" height: 110"

Brown Star Brown Star
By: Claire Alexander,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Knitnkwilt

The challenge was to draw two crayons and then using those colors plus a background, make a quilt of any size. I pulled a dark brown and a burgundy sort of color. I pulled every fabric that related to the two colors and started to design.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 60"

Bubblegum Square Dance Bubblegum Square Dance
By: Emma at Quilties,
Iowa, USA
Blog: Quilties

My entry for Project Quilting 4:1 Square in a Square. I had these two yummy pink and brown stripe fabrics that when pieced diagonally in hourglass blocks make many squares in the square. Then I chose a few good coordinating solid squares, squares with cutouts and started the squares dancing!

Quilt size: width: 28" height: 28"

Cat Tails Cat Tails
By: Sandie,
Florida, USA

This was a quilt challenge I did at my favorite quilt shop, Country Crossroads, that was also an exchange. We had to use 2 colors plus an accent color. The pattern was a Billie Lauder mystery quilt called, “Twisted Tails”. Quilting was done by Bob Provencher at Country Crossroads.

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 42"

City of Bridges City of Bridges
By: Melissa,
Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: ClassyQuilts

This quilt was made for the MQG Madrona Road Challenge. My guild decided on a “Roads & Bridges” theme (based on the Madrona Road story) so I went with an abstract suspension bridge design. I had a basic framework design and improvised based on the amount of fabric I had in each color.

Quilt size: width: 40.5" height: 46.5"

Dazzling Diamonds Dazzling Diamonds
By: Jen @ A Quilting Jewel,
Massachusetts, USA
Blog: A Quilting Jewel

I designed this paper pieced quilt for a challenge my guild – The Boston Modern Quilt Guild – held. We had to create a mini quilt in the colors of QuiltCon. I designed, pieced and quilted this mini quilt.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Farmer's Daughter Sampler Quilt Farmer’s Daughter Sampler Quilt
By: Starwood Quilter,
Colorado, USA
Blog: Starwood Quilter.

In 2010, I challenged myself to make appropriately-named quilt blocks to go with entries in my grandmother’s 400-page diary that she wrote in 1916, the year she turned 21. My completed quilt has 140 blocks in sizes ranging from 6″ square up to 12″ square. It was free-style quilted by Jane Heroux.

Quilt size: width: 108" height: 115"

Galaxies Converge Galaxies Converge
By: PersimonDreams,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Persimon Dreams

Inspired by the Project QUILTING challenge, ‘Stars Over America.’ I took the challenge literally and created a converged galaxie quilt using printed fabrics and hand-dyed fabrics. Appliqueing stars and planets to blend the piece and adding angelina fibers to complete the look.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Garden Party Garden Party
By: Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts,
Utah, USA
Blog: Apple Avenue Quilts

I designed and made this quilt for my guild challenge. The requirement was that there had to be at least four snail trail blocks and there are exactly that. The quilt now hangs in my guest room.

Quilt size: width: 35" height: 35"

Happy Times Happy Times
By: Lia*s Handmades,
Blog: Lia’s Handmades – A Portfolio of Sewn Crafts

This was my entry for the 3rd Project Quilting Challenge, Season 3, called “Tool Times”, February 2012.

I called this ‘Happy Times’ and used sewing tools for the challenge theme because sewing helps me totally zone out and makes me happy.

Quilt size: width: 34" height: 55"

Hundertwasser Inspired Hundertwasser Inspired
By: Dianna,
United Kingdom
Blog: DiannaJessie

In the summer of last year the London Modern Quilt Guild challenge was to create a quilt inspired by a piece of art. I was inspired by Hundertwasser as I think his use of colour and unique work really catches your eye. My mum also quilts and she thought it fabulous so I gave it to her for Xmas.

Quilt size: width: 38″" height: 29″"

It ain't necessarily so It ain’t necessarily so
By: Margareta Vovk Calic,

This supposed to be my first caleidoscope quilt. Through the process it came to be somthing quiet different from my first plan. And such changes of plans are what I like the most when I am making quilts.

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 80"

It's a small, small world It’s a small, small world
By: WebGurl,
Ontario, Canada

Theme of the challenge was: It’s a small world. I had seen a photo of a leaf-cutter ant, and was so impressed with the size of the leaves they were carrying compared to their body size. In fact there are 3 sizes: the largest defend the nest against intruders, while the smallest work inside the nest.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 17"

Log Cabin Broken Star Log Cabin Broken Star
By: Lavonna ZWB,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Zellerwear

I usually prefer to hand quilt everything, however my DH challenged me with finishing my UFOs, so I needed a faster option. I have machine quilted it in “sections” – those sections making one giant log cabin design on the back of the quilt. It is still in process at 100″ – finished size to be 120″.

Quilt size: width: 100" height: 100"

Maelstrom Maelstrom
By: Another Jennifer,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: AnotherJenniferMakingStuff

I made this quilt for the ProjectQUILTING challenge with the theme squares in squares. I used recycled jeans for the pieced side.

Quilt size: width: 44" height: 44"

March Winds March Winds
By: Cindy,
Maryland, USA
Blog: Herndon

My guild challenged the members to use the “guild block” which is a red, black, and yellow block. I was a new quilter and not good at points, so I decided to make an art quilt where I could make the block become a kite in the sky. The chickens have seed beads to eat so they don’t get hungry.

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 39"

Marcia Squared Marcia Squared
By: Marcia,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting

Quilted Tablecloth created for the Project Quilting Season Four Challenge ONE — Square in a Square.
I chose to use different sizes of squares in the centers of my blocks to create an offset look to the blocks and I offset my rows too. I love creating quilts with blue fabrics.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 46"

My February Fantasy My February Fantasy
By: Jo,
Ohio, USA
Blog: The Snarky Quilter

I made this for a guild challenge to create our own version of Sun Kissed Blossoms from May 2011 QNM. The quilts will be displayed at our April 2013 show. Participants swapped flowers. Mine are fused, then machine stitched with invisible thread. I used perle cotton for big stitch hand quilting.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 32"

Mysterie 2 Mysterie 2
By: Aliza,

My first finished quilt ever, was a mystery quilt I joined in. My neighbour loved it so much, I had to make this one for her. Second time around I struggled so much, I almost chucked it out. If you look close, you can spot the mistake…

Quilt size: width: 61" height: 74"

old man and the sea old man and the sea
By: janine green,
United Kingdom
Blog: Rainbow Hare Quilts

I made this mini quilt for the Colour My World Challenge with M-R at Quilt Matters last November. November’s colour was blue. The fish uses drunkards path blocks and the fisherman has tiny knitted clothes.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Opening Opening
By: Fiber Artist Journey,
Washington, USA
Blog: Fiber Artist Journey

Our small art quilt group was challenged with making a quilt to represent the word “Opening”. My favorite flower, the Stargazer lily, immediately came to mind. This piece is completely freehand machine embroidered, then machine quilted with trapunto to make the flower stand out.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 10"

Pear Blossom Pear Blossom
By: Jan F,
Illinois, USA

We were to blindly choose two crayons and make a quilt using those colors and have the quilt represent a season. My colors were white and pale/spring green. My season is spring. This is the first quilt that I did any beading on. It is my own design.

Quilt size: width: 20″" height: 16″"

Picture Day Picture Day
By: Karen@BBQuilts,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Bungalow Bay Quilts

I belong to a Fat Quarters of the Month club. I challenged myself to use each month’s offering of 10 coordinating FQs in a series of modern quilt designs. For this quilt I chose a design by Elizabeth Hartman called Picture Day. I used the FQs along with Essex linen in Ivory in this two sided design.

Quilt size: width: 52" height: 52"

Pieces of the Past Pieces of the Past
By: Everythingquilts,
Kentucky, USA
Blog: Everythingquilts fabric fun

A true scrappy. I was asked to make a quilt for an over sized king with a thick mattress. She asked for one with lots of pieces with a larger secondary pattern. Her words were “old fashion with a modern twist done in dark colors”. This is made entirely of scraps, hence the name. more pics on blog.

Quilt size: width: 125" height: 110"

Rainbow (MaggieB) Rainbow (MaggieB)
By: MaggieB,
North Carolina, USA

I have always wanted to quilt, and this is my first attempt. My daughter who lives several states away from me asked for a quilt of these colors. It is made with fat quarters and jelly roll strips and it is a quilt as you go. I hope you like it.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 48"

Rainbow quilt (Turid Bakken) Rainbow quilt (Turid Bakken)
By: Turid Bakken,
Blog: Den syende himmel

We got a challange from Ellison Lane Quilts to use all our scraps to make log cabin blocks for a quilt. This is what I came out with. There were a lot of other beautiful quilts too.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 56"

Rose Trellis Rose Trellis
By: Pam in KC,
Missouri, USA
Blog: Quilting and Stuff by knitnoid

I participated in an “ugly” fabric challenge. The roses were cut from the challenge fabric, then machine appliqued onto the quilt top with invisible thread.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 24"

Signature Baby Quilt Signature Baby Quilt
By: Jenny,
Iowa, USA
Blog: Down To Sew

These blocks were made by my MIL and had guests at my baby shower sign them. I pieced and quilted the rest in time for my son’s first birthday! I just love it!

Quilt size: width: 56" height: 56"

By: Linda Douglas,
Montana, USA

“Spring Flowers” is a square Wall Hanging designed for my pale yellow painted bedroom. It was indeed a ‘personal challenge’! As a beginning quilter, I designed and machine pieced it, not realizing that a one inch flying geese border would be a bit difficult for a learner! Fun but a real CHALLENGE!

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 14"

Square Roots Square Roots
By: WaggonsWest,
Missouri, USA
Blog: WaggonsWest

Project Quilting Season 4 Challenge: Squares. Made from inherited blocks and yardage. The square in a square pattern is like an infinity mirror: past and future reflected together. The traditional feather quilting is a nod to the skill of those quilters under whose quilt frame I used to play.

Quilt size: width: 21" height: 21"

the elegance of flowers the elegance of flowers
By: Jeri McKay,
Florida, USA

a guild challenge called Lovely Bones where you work from suggestions in 4 stages. I did not care the end result so I covered my green lady in flowers.

Quilt size: width: 18″" height: 42″"

The House That Jack Built The House That Jack Built
By: Debra Wick,
New York, USA
Blog: Quilts and Needlework With Debbie

My quilting guild challenge was to make something that has a man’s tie in it. I designed this small cotton and wool quilt using 1-inch strips, which included the ties, into a large log cabin block. The border was enhanced by a wool log house, gathered “tie” flowers, and wool embroidered flowers.

Quilt size: width: 25.5" height: 25.5"

Turning 60 Turning 60
By: Debbie Clarke,
South Carolina, USA
Blog: Stitchin’ Therapy

In 2009, our guild challenge was to create a quilt that shared a memory. Based on a table runner design from a magazine, this quilt shares my life memories. I included 60 machine appliqued leaves with words of affirmation and things I love along the stems of the vine and around each leaf.

Quilt size: width: 62" height: 70"

Wonky Gypsy Squares Wonky Gypsy Squares
By: Lynn Provencher,
Florida, USA
Blog: Thimblemouse and Spouse

I made this quilt for Project Quilting-Season 4. We had one week to “make and finish” anything quilted – the theme being Square in a Square. The blocks were made using charm squares. I made it for my Mom…she LOVES Pink! Visit my blog for a quickie tutorial (Jan 13th post).

Quilt size: width: 21" height: 21"

Zig Zag Scrappy Zig Zag Scrappy
By: Lisa England,
Kentucky, USA

Made for Project QUILTING, Season 3, Challenge 6: Ziggin & a Zaggin
For this challenge I drew up a block that was a cross between a zig zag and a french braid. If the blocks are set side by side they make a nice neat zig zag. Turning every other block upside down makes this interesting pattern.

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 64"

Zig Zag Twist Zig Zag Twist
By: Pam Geisel,
Ohio, USA
Blog: For Quilts Sake

Made for Project Quilting in March 2012 where we had to make a Zig Zag quilt. I used multi-colored batik fabrics on a black background then “framed” the layout with multi-colored fabric mosaics. I then “framed” that by couching multi-colored yarn. More photos on my blog: http://alturl.com/nmtoc

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 25.5"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, January 21st at 8 a.m. (EST)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to FOUR favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

Challenge Quilts

  • Pear Blossom (30%, 160 Votes)
  • March Winds (16%, 84 Votes)
  • My February Fantasy (15%, 82 Votes)
  • Galaxies Converge (15%, 79 Votes)
  • Zig Zag Scrappy (14%, 73 Votes)
  • old man and the sea (12%, 63 Votes)
  • Maelstrom (11%, 59 Votes)
  • Dazzling Diamonds (11%, 57 Votes)
  • Hundertwasser Inspired (10%, 51 Votes)
  • Farmer's Daughter Sampler Quilt (9%, 49 Votes)
  • Athenas Puzzle (9%, 49 Votes)
  • Zig Zag Twist (9%, 48 Votes)
  • 3DTP (8%, 45 Votes)
  • The House That Jack Built (8%, 44 Votes)
  • Rainbow quilt (Turid Bakken) (8%, 43 Votes)
  • Cat Tails (7%, 40 Votes)
  • It ain't necessarily so (7%, 39 Votes)
  • Pieces of the Past (7%, 39 Votes)
  • Rainbow (MaggieB) (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Turning 60 (5%, 29 Votes)
  • Garden Party (5%, 29 Votes)
  • Square Roots (5%, 26 Votes)
  • City of Bridges (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Happy Times (4%, 21 Votes)
  • It's a small, small world (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Opening (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Bubblegum Square Dance (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Picture Day (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Marcia Squared (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Log Cabin Broken Star (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Rose Trellis (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Mysterie 2 (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Wonky Gypsy Squares (2%, 10 Votes)
  • the elegance of flowers (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Brown Star (1%, 7 Votes)
  • All About Me - Piecemakers' Challenge (1%, 6 Votes)
  • SPRING FLOWERS (1%, 6 Votes)
  • 64 Reasons I love You (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Signature Baby Quilt (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 536

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event is New Beginnings. Read the Rules and Guidelines and submit your photo before next Friday, January 25th.


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58 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Challenge Quilts”

  1. Margareta says:

    My new year resolution is to make some new quilts and maybe begin to write a book about quilting in slovene language, we don t have any so far

  2. Edna Kidd says:

    Hoping to make more quilts this year, love all the eye candy..

  3. Cindy says:

    I am doing great this year with resolution of practicing a positive attitude, with as much humility as possible. :) (So much talent, vision, and commitment shown with the quilts!)

  4. Pam says:

    I didn’t really make any definite resolutions………but I do want to get more quilting projects done & I finished my 1st one for the year today!

  5. I have made a resolution to cut back on my promises to others and give myself more time to accomplish my goals. So far so good!

  6. Maggie Boucher says:

    have they posted the winners yet

  7. ane says:

    Son unos trabajos preciosos

  8. Barbara woods says:

    didn’t make any so I wouldn’t break any

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