Another Challenge Finished

December 24, 2020 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Patchwork | 3 Comments

In addition to our regular yearly challenges (latest installment), occasionally the pile of leftover fabrics from my group’s charity quilts and challenges gets too big and needs purging. What happens is that at our yearly quilting retreat (remember those? We were lucky to go in January, when we could still be together in a big room for a weekend), a set of piles of matching stuff will be created. Then we draw numbers from 1 to however many we are, and whoever got the lucky number 1 can choose a pile first. There was some stuff I had my eye on, but as I had a number solidly in the middle, I expected most of it to have gone first. I did think I could possible get the fabric I actually got though, since I love it but it was pretty controversial at the time we did that challenge back in 2014. I may have been the person who chose it back then. So yay, I did get all the scraps of the black and white fabric from it. A fellow group member still had some she was willing to part with, so I ended up with a decent amount of fabric.

Here’s my quilt from the original challenge:

While those extra challenges don’t come with any instructions but “Use this stuff, come back with something for next year’s exhibition”, I wanted to set myself a few restrictions. Apart from the print, I wanted to use only solid colours and black. Given the amount of fabric I had to work with, I also decided to make another 40*40cm pillow cover. Here’s the result:

40*40cm pillow cover featuring nine pinwheel blocks in the middle.

I was pretty sure I had enough fabric to make the nine windmill blocks for the middle, and decided to set them at different rotations against the black background. Once I was finished with that, I realized I had almost but not quite enough fabric left for a border. I decided to insert a square of each of the solids I used, and fill in anything still missing with a few bits of black. The quilting is fairly simple – lines going mostly parallel to the seams. Done, so let’s hope we can actually have an exhibition again in November 2021.

Wishing all of you happy Holidays and a better year 2021!


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  1. That is just stunning!

  2. I love the black and white print you’ve used, which works perfectly with the shapes and solid colours. Have a great Christmas!

  3. really loving both of these quilts. They look so fresh, crisp and modern. I love the pinwheels 🙂

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