Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Challenge Quilt in Progress

I participated in a quilting challenge as part of a club at my local quilt shop this summer.  Although this quilt is already finished, I wanted to share the process here on my blog.  The challenge was to use at least 90% of a fat quarter of the stripe print on the left.  I added the same print in the second colorway to brighten up the quilt.

The bright colors reminded me of beach balls and flip flops, so I decided to make a summery quilt.  I cut the stripes into 6.5 inch square fence rail blocks and then used the Quick Curve Ruler to make them quarter circles.  I cut some a little bigger than 6.5 inches so the prints could also be used for the concave side of the curve for a more modern look.

Originally I was going to have each 12 inch block have three quarter circles and one concave section like this quilt.  However, Cheetah came in my room and hated it.  He rearranged the blocks so they would be symmetrical.  They ended up staying that way.  He is rather proud of his layout and tells me frequently that I can thank him for it.  Lol.

I ended up using a lot more than a fat quarter of the challenge print because I used it in half the blocks and used it for the border.

Here is the top before it was quilted.

I quilted it on my small Pfaff because my Tiara was being serviced.

I started out by using the walking foot to stitch in the ditch to stabilize the quilt.

Then I used some circle rulers to mark concentric circles with my Hera marker.

I learned that if I used a side light instead of direct light the markings were much easier to see.

The quilting turned out even better than I imagined.

I will share the finished quilt soon.



  1. You had me fooled;-) When I saw this on your design wall it looked like you pieced the strips! Love that quilt and a great use for the stripe on the border, fast, easy and effective-gotta love that!

  2. What a difference the quilting makes! Love your quilting design and your quilt looks great!

  3. What a great use of the hera marker and circle templates - I can't wait to see the finish, Jasmine. And that is too funny about Cheetah. :)

  4. Brilliant use of the challenge fabrics! The layout - stroke of genius - I see shell shapes in the negative space to go with your beachy thoughts. (Well done, young man!) The quilting also looks wonderful, Jasmine. Great choices, all the way through!

  5. Like Vicki I thought you had pieced the fabric when I first looked. Love tis quilt and Cheetah did a great job with the layout. Great choice and execution of quilting design.

  6. Great quilt! Cheetah did a nice job. Oh, and you too :) I love my hera marker.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment.

  8. It's gorgeous! I love the quilting on it, and thanks for the tip about using a side light. I probably wouldn't have thought of that, but it makes a lot of sense.

  9. I love my Hera marker too,and just yesterday was having issues seeing hte line on which to sew for the HSTs I was making...will remember the side light! You're so smart! And TOO FUNNY (wee-ooh, wee-ooh, Twilight Zone) but I have that quilt that inspired you, by Renee Tallman, on my desktop as a 'wannamake it'. Better than Pinterest (where I also have it) because I see it constantly as a thumbnail and think, "what IS that?" and then go "oh YEAH! Must make!" Love yours with that stripe. What is the turquoise fabric?


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