Thursday, December 9, 2010

Guild Challenge

September marks the beginning of a new year for my local quilt guild. New officers take over, dues are renewed and plans are made for upcoming meetings. For as long as I've been a guild member, we also get a challenge in September. We are given a fat quarter of fabric, we all get the same fabric, and then we are given instructions on what to do with the fat quarter. The instructions vary from year to year depending on who has created the challenge.

These challenges are then revealed at our annual Christmas party held in December. And which happens to be this evening. Along with our fat quarter, this year we received a small quilt pattern. There were about five or six (I think) different patterns handed out and they measured approximately 24" square. We were told, though, that we could make anything with the fat quarter, we weren't limited to just making the quilt pattern.

I really wasn't thrilled with the pattern I got, so I decided to do something different. I decided on placemats. My pal, Vicki, has been making placemats lately, so I think I caught the placemat bug from her.

Here they are:


I made four placemats. The challenge fat quarter fabric is the light pinkish/red print in the center strip. Here is a detail shot of some of the quilting.


I finished these just this morning...just in the nick of time to take with me to the party tonight.

18 comments:

  1. Very pretty Terri! (but where are the kitties? ;-) )

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  2. Very nice and creative way to use the fabric you were given.

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  3. Beautiful........I must say that pink would have been a challenge for me LOL

    Great graphics (a little zentangly) and I Love the binding

    Our guild members make placemats that we then present to Meals on Wheels. They distribute them to their clients along with their Christmas meal.

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  4. Your placemats are wonderful, such pretty quilting detail you've added too

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  5. I TOTALLY love your place mats and your quilting on them is exquisite! Nice work Terri!! Hey, I can give them a good home if they happen to need one :)

    Love ya.
    auntie jude

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  6. Great idea. I am thinking of moving up to placemats!!

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  7. Those are beautiful. I love how you use black and white with other colors. I really like the inset. is it hard to do?

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  8. oh, I like! The colours, the pattern, the quilting and the placemat idea. Great job! I snagged the idea. thanks!

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  9. These are just beautiful! Simple and elegant yet kind of arty and different.

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  10. Well that is exactly what I will do with the blocks I picked up at my guild last night. Maybe I better get started now since they are due in October 2011. I can see myself in the same boat as you.

    Love the quilting in the red section.

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  11. Terri, you've got an artist's eye - that's a wonderful combination.

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  12. These placemats are fantastic. I love the color combinations and your quilting. Happy Holly Jolly...

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  13. And -- you could use them at the party!! You're both talented AND resourceful -- I'll bet they were a bit hit with everyone. Very cool!

    Diane

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  14. These are beautiful. Love the black and white striped binding-it makes a perfect finish.

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