Challenges for 2005 through 2009. Click here to see challenges
from 2002 to 2004
I machine embroidered 50 different flower designs from various designers.
The quilt path created during piecing reminds me of paths. So, I decided to
name this quilt after a local garden in my area, Missouri Botanical Gardens.
The quilt has a few butterflies, an owl, a bird or two, and a couple of
bees. All the print fabrics are floral. It was a joy to make this quilt.
The quilt won two ribbons: 1st place in Wall/Bed Quilt and 2nd place
Viewer's Choice. May 2008 to 6/5/2009 81 x 95
The guidelines were to make a quilt using flying geese as the
main theme. The geese must be pieced and the quilt top could be no larger
than 30" on any one side. In addition, the quilt must be completed which
includes the binding. I started the quilt 4/7/2009 and completed it
5/3/2009. I purchased this pattern about 4 years ago at Hancocks of Paducah
not knowing that I needed to also have the accompanying DVD for piecing
directions. So I figured out how to piece it myself. I changed the pattern a
little to meet the flying geese requirement and used my own method for
piecing the top together. The "Soaring Compliments" pattern by Caryl Bryer
Fallert can be found here:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/wkshops/soaring_compliments_2day.htm . As you
can see in the photo, I won first place! I was pleasantly surprised as the
competition was fierce. 24" square
Snowman Collector -
2008 Flower Valley Quilt Guild; "Make a
The quilt won
Viewer's Choice, First Place in Workmanship, Best Two-Color Quilt, and
Design by the Stitch Connection - I also
made the appliqué version of this quilt and just had to make the machine
embroidered one too. January 2008 to May 22, 2008
The Flowers Will Never Die -
2008 So Sew Busy
challenge; "Make a quilt from a song."
chose my song after making the quilt then searched the internet for an
appropriate title. However, this song by Elton John was never actually
published. May 2008.
Designs from www.designsbysick.com
Don't Eat the Daisies -
2007 Flower Valley Quilt Guild; "Make a quilt
based upon a movie as the theme was "Flower Valley Goes to the Movies."
Also required was the incorporating of black and white into the quilt. The quilt won
3rd place in Best Workmanship. Ironically, another guild member made the
same quilt. Size:
35" x 35"
2007 So Sew Busy
challenge; "Make a quilt from a photo you have taken yourself but not
something or someone that can indicate you made the quilt.
In Louisville, KY there are many horse statues and a lot of them are
patchwork or mosaic. The quilt won 2nd place. May 2007 Size:
10" x 12"
One Woman Round Robin -
Flower Valley Quilt Guild
challenge; "A Few of My Favorite Things", size between 30-60" wide and 30+
inches long, use 5" square of challenge fabric (yellow polka dot). My
favorite things listed in the quilt are: scraps, favorite color
(purple), stars, hearts, log cabins, flowers, and of course, round robins.
The quilt won four awards, 1st place Best Pieced Quilt, 2nd place best
Workmanship, 2nd place Best Machine Quilting, and 2nd place Best Use of
Challenge Fabric. Began: 10/11/05 Completed: 6/15/06 Size:
51-1/4 " x 51-1/4"
Ruby Throated Hummingbird -
May 2006 So Sew Busy Quilt Guild challenge; Make a "nature"
quilt. I originally wasn't going to make a project but decided a few
weeks before the deadline to do so since we only have six members. I
then decided to keep it small, but to make something I would be able to use.
The quilt did not win any awards, but I'm glad I participated because I have
a quilt I would not have otherwise made at this time. Hand quilted Began: 5/15/06 Completed:
5/20/06 Size: 12" x 15"
June 2005 Flower Valley Quilt Guild challenge; Make an antique or "new-tique"
quilt. I chose to make a new-tique based on
Karen Combs' Crystal Star
design. I attended a class Karen presented in O'Fallon, Illinois.
This quilt won 1st place for machine quilting. Began: 5/11/05 Completed:
6/9/05 Size: 25.5" x 27.75"
2005 So Sew Busy Quilt Guild challenge; Make a quilt based on your
favorite beverage. My favorite beverage is actually Coca Cola.
I'd planned to make an old advertising poster featuring a snowman with a
Coca Cola in his hand under a Coca Cola banner and the words "Iced
Cold." After drawing the pattern (twice) and loosing it (twice), I
decided to change direction when I saw a similar quilt or photo of this
quilt online. The great part of changing designs is that no one
knew this was my quilt as I don't consume alcoholic beverages.
This quilt won 1st place. Began: 5/3/05 Completed:
5/9/05 Size: 12" x 13"
I can't wait until the next challenge; come back next year.