Challenge Quilt Swap – Meh

The challenge was to sew nine identical 12″ blocks from one yard of the challenge fabric. Quilters were allowed to use any design and any coordinating fabrics to create the blocks. Each participant would keep one and give away eight blocks, resulting in a quilt made of nine different blocks. The resulting quilt tops were displayed at our guild’s annual retreat.


While I appreciate the work and thought process behind this challenge, I wasn’t overly excited by the product – mine included. Besides uninterrupted sewing bliss that this retreat afforded us; there were plenty of coolers with libations, snacks, meals, banter, and my favorite: door prizes! Why is it so exciting to win a prize? I received a fat quarter bundle and I don’t even want to open the packet; let alone cut into it! 🙂

Wasn’t sure I wanted to pay the retreat fee, but I am glad I did. I learned new techniques and got to play with the newest gizmos. And the quilts! So many to share, but here are just a few of my favorites. 

(clockwise) a very detailed Village, Alison Glass pattern, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab, Tula Pink Sugar Skull

Well, It’s back to reality. Have a good week! — Joanne

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