Friday, May 25, 2012

Sisters block challenge

I'm definitely not a designer. Give me a pattern and I'm good to go. Give me fabric and tell me to design a block and I'm going to struggle!!  Some people have that skill (my dear friends Bonnie and Claire are great designers).  Me not so much.

So when Lori suggested we both do the Sisters block challenge, I was quite worried I'd fail miserably.  They send you a selection of fabrics and you are limited to ONLY those fabrics and the block has to be 9" fin.  The fabrics were, how can I say this nicely, not exactly fabrics I would've chosen for a block! Bright! Loud! And definitely not coordinated. Aqua, orange, purple, lime green swirls...

I didn't take a picture of them but let me assure you that they were quite the challenge. I stared at them for a long time and gradually started playing around. And played around I did.  I finally finished my concoction today (after receiving a little bit more background fabric)...  Hopefully you can't see all the seams and missed corners.

I think there's a place to see the other blocks submitted but I can't find it. They eventually hang them all up against one wall during the show (and shoot!!) and judges pick a bunch of them to be entered to win a group of the blocks.  I don't have any expectation of winning but am kind of proud that I was able to actually come up with something. Mind you, I ran out of every single fabric. Cutting 1" hsts uses up a lot of fabric... or I would've extended the design.

So that's what I made. You might wonder why there's such a a large block was too small at first (only 6")... Oh well. We designers go through such pains to create, don't we??? HEHEHEHE...if only ...

Love to you all,


  1. Wow, what a challenge. I would have had a hard time coming up with something out of those fabrics, too. I like the echoing heart--or whatever you call it. Just don't make it our Sow-Along bonus block--please! Too many little pieces. : )

  2. Our friends sure can get us into some pickles, can't they? They lead us, trick us, drag us, push us, or encourage us to go outside our safety box and try something we might not do on our own.
    Your block looks like you had fun with it. Well done!

  3. I see what you mean about the fabrics being a "challenge" oh my. You did a great job with what you had to work with.
    I am printing out the sow-a-long instructions and have decided I will get caught up this weekend. Thanks SO much for all the time and effort you put into it, I am really enjoying it.

  4. You did a great job! I would still have a little pile of uncut fabric. LOL

  5. You know, I get what you're saying... if the fabric isn't 'singing' to you, it can be hard.

  6. That is bright fabric! I am not overly talented in the creativity department either. Is this something to do with the Sisters Quilt Show in Oregon? I have always wanted to go.