I know I’ve mentioned before that I love challenges. Seriously. Love ’em. They force me to do something I might not otherwise do. In some cases, that’s work with fabrics I might not pick on my own. In some cases, the rules require me to think in a way I otherwise wouldn’t. And in all cases, there are deadlines. Deadlines that require me to get a project done. Or, well… done-ish.
The challenge was the Modern Quilt Guild’s Free Spirit Habitat Fabric Challenge. Everyone in the guild was given fat eighths of fabric from Jay McCarroll’s “Habitat” line. I’ll be honest. This is not fabric that I would ever pick to work with. It is too… wild? The colors are too… crazy? I’m not exactly sure how to describe it, but one thing is certain. This fabric is so, so, so not me.
Only a few days after getting our fabrics, I was introduced to English Paper Piecing. It was a technique I’d never tried before… so I thought why not try it on this fabric? I thought it would be fun to use an old, hand-sewn technique on these very modern fabrics. And, since English Paper Piecing is done by hand, I thought I’d have a good chance of getting it all done… since several trips out of town were going to be keeping me away from the sewing machine.
But, time snuck away from me. I seriously thought I had another few weeks. Then on Wednesday I realized that I had to have my project done by Saturday night! AACK! It was a rush to finish. But I didn’t want to rush too much, and ruin the quilt!
It got done enough to present it at the meeting. I still need to quilt in the large blue areas (probably using a small stipple… which I want to practice first), and then bind it. But, it is all in one piece with everything stitched down, and some of the quilting started.
What do you think – was this a good way to use my challenge fabrics?
If you want to see how the other guild members used their challenge fabrics, check out my post over at the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild Blog.