Official 2013 Group Challenge

jennifer_in_vaFebruary 4, 2013

This challenge is open to any member of the forum whether they plan on coming to retreat or not. There is a maximum of 30 participants. Send me an email if you wish to participate with your real name, forum name and address. [I'm washing fabric now and will mail it out as soon as possible.]

Here are the guidelines:

Make an original 18" x 18" wall hanging/quilt. It may be a traditional quilt or an art quilt, whatever you prefer. Use a portion (or all) of the 10" sq. of fabric furnished to you.

The Windmill 2 block (link below) must be in your quilt. It can be tiny or the entire quilt. Your quilt should have a sleeve on the back for hanging. And should be a 'complete' quilt with 3 layers, quilting (of some sort) and binding.

Finished quilts are due by July 31, 2013 and mailed to Jennifer or Beverly (email for address if you need it.) [That gives you 6 months!!]

The plan is to hang the quilts at the quilt retreat in September where they will be voted on by unbiased viewers. A prize will be awarded for 1st & 2nd place.

Here is a link that might be useful: Windmill 2 block

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toolgranny

OK, I'm in. Send me the fabric and I'll ponder on it. Sending you an e-mail.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:29PM
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tuppermom

Do we get to see the fabric before we commit?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:53PM
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jennifer_in_va

I will post a picture tomorrow after I get the fabric dried and ironed.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:57PM
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jackier123

Ok I am in. Sending you an email.

Jackie

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:19PM
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tuppermom

Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:20PM
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nanajayne

I like the idea so count me in.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:18PM
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quiltnhen

Sounds like fun. I've never tried a challenge.

Emailed you the info.

LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:41AM
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teresa_nc7

I'm in! Looking forward to seeing the fabric!

Teresa

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:45AM
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lafonda_ranch

I see the details, now!! I'm in :-) Sending you an email...

Robbi

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:57AM
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grammyp

Thought I posted here but I don't see it now. I sent you an e-mail.

beverly

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:50PM
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jennifer_in_va

fabric!!

It's teal/purple/royal colors.

If it's not to your liking, remember that you only have to use it somewhere in your quilt. It could be tiniest piece or the largest...your choice.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:39PM
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grammyp

Ooooo, I like it!

beverly

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:42PM
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maritime_linda

Hi Jennifer, This is a great idea, but I don't think I'll be taking part as I just don't want to add another thing to my quilting to-do list. The fabric looks beautiful. I'm just curious. What happens to the hangings after the retreat or are they to be left hanging there?

Linda

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 3:34PM
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jennifer_in_va

Linda,

I don't know if Camp would want X# of small quilts, so I rather think that each will be returned to sender after retreat.

jen

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 4:01PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Oh Jen! The fabric is beautiful!!!

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 4:45PM
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tuppermom

I have this fabric in purple and green!
I am thinking about the challenge. I will have to take a look at my other quilting commitments and let you know.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:20PM
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bozogardener

I'm in! I sent you an e-mail.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:54PM
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littlehelen_gw

I'm in...this is my very first challenge! sounds like fun...will email you tonight.
V.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:55PM
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quiltnhen

What's not to like! All my favorite colors.
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:46PM
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jennifer_in_va

fabric is washed, pressed and some is cut.

So far we have 11 players... I'll get fabric in the mail as soon as possible!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:20PM
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nanajayne

Very pretty fabric. Looking forward to it.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:36PM
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nanajayne

Very pretty fabric. Looking forward to it.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:53PM
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lafonda_ranch

Love that fabric!! Now to get the creative juices flowing!!

Robbi

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:50AM
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Vanislegirl88

I'd like to take part if there is still room. I love a challenge.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 11:20AM
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bev2009

I'd love to join. Everything I have to accomplish will be done way before that. The fabric is beautiful. (Would you believe I actually thought you meant a real windmill. I thought to myself, I don't think that fabric really goes with a Dutch theme. You can tell I still don't know that much about quilting. LOL)

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:00PM
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lola99

I've never done a challenge before. It sounds like fun! Assuming there is still room, please sign me up. I'll send you my address.

Lola

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:19PM
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K8Orlando

I'm in! Just sent you an email, Jen.

Kate

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:27PM
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jennifer_in_va

We have 15 signed up so far!! Whoohoooo! This is gonna be fun!

I have fabric cut and will get it in the mail by this weekend. Let the creative juices start flowing! [I have a few ideas in my head, just not sure which one to go with. Remember, the one I tried with my guild's challenge ended up as a potholder! lol]

Jen
Linda
Jackie
Jayne
Beverly
LindaB
Teresa
Robbi
Tammi
Wendy
Valarie
Kristy
Beverly
Lola
Kate

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 5:35PM
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nanajayne

Jennifer, I just want to be sure I understand this correctly. The Windmill block can be any size correct? Not just the measurments that are in the pattern.
Another thought, do the sides of the 18" block have to be straight or can it have curves or scollops?

This post was edited by nanajayne on Wed, Feb 6, 13 at 19:53

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:50PM
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jennifer_in_va

Jayne,

The Windmill block can be any size, as long as it's apparent on the front of the quilt.

I have no problem if the edges are not straight, as long as the 'body' of the quilt is 18" (meaning the scallop extends beyond this measurement)

jennifer

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:59PM
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colleenny

I am in. Sent you an email. Love that fabric.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:50PM
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nanajayne

Thank you. That sounds good.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 1:26PM
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jennifer_in_va

Can Teresa, Bev2009, and grammyp please email me your addresses?

Getting a mailing ready this weekend.

Thanks. Jennifer

(we now have 16 participants!!)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:46PM
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jennifer_in_va

Can Teresa, Bev2009, and grammyp please email me your addresses?

Getting a mailing ready this weekend.

Thanks. Jennifer

(we now have 16 participants!!)

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 12:07PM
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jennifer_in_va

guess my computer has gremlins. sorry about the duplicate post.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 12:39PM
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jennifer_in_va

fabric is going in the mail tomorrow to these 15 people!

If you don't get it, let me know... Also, there's still room for more to do the challenge! If you want to give it a try, just let me know.

Jennifer

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 9:27PM
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vacuumfreak

Looks ike fun... I don't want to particpate in anything like this until I get a little more exprienced/skilled, but I may make the block myself just to see if I can do it :o)

Good luck everyone. What's the prize going to be?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:15PM
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jennifer_in_va

vacuumfreak~ It's really not about experience or skill. It's more about creativity and having fun. ANything goes with this challenge! Could be something you've never done before, or simple construction with fun colors.

Don't know yet about the prize! Have plenty of time to think on it, though!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 11:41PM
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vasu_texas

Jennifer,
I would like to join in the challenge too if you have room.
Vasu

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:16AM
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jennifer_in_va

Sure, Vasu!
yours is going in the mail with the rest, today.

Isn't this a new look... gonna take some getting used to!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:32AM
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nanajayne

Jennifer, So you know the fabric arrieved today. Very pretty.
One more qustion: The windmill 2 block is shown using 3 fabrics. My question is that the way it needs to be or could I use 4 etc. I have a few ideas but want to keep within the guide lines.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 2:54PM
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jennifer_in_va

The windmill block can be any combination of colors...

Have fun designing!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 3:41PM
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quiltpartner

Jen,

Just popped in after a long time away. If you still have room, I'm in. I could use a good & fun! excuse for a much-needed kick start for my brain!!

~Cindy

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 10:26PM
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bev2009

Received my fabric today. It's beautiful. Now whether to try really ambitious or play it safe.....hmmmmmm.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 11:46PM
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lafonda_ranch

Got my fabric yesterday and I think I know what I'm going to do!! I love this stage of making a quilt!! Great inspiration fabric...

Robbi

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 9:08AM
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grammyp

My fabric arrived yesterday and it is even prettier than it's picture. The colors are so rich. This is going to be fun.

beverly

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 9:32AM
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sandlapper_rose

I want to sign up if there is still room. I'll e-mail my information to you, Jennifer.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 3:05PM
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quiltnhen

My fabric came yesterday. Thanks for getting this whole thing up and running!
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 4:32PM
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faytay

Whooo Hooo. Fabric arrived in Canada. Thinking cap in place. :)

Faye

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 6:58PM
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nanajayne

Been having fun with this. Hope it will fits the guidelines. Top is almost finished. Then to sandwiching and quilting then.............................what will I do??

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 7:44PM
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Vanislegirl88

If Linda and Faye got theirs then I should be getting mine soon. Can't wait...been watching the mail every day.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 3:33PM
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K8Orlando

I have my fabric and am having fun today going thru my stash and sketching ideas. I'm glad I made some minis for the guild or I would be lost making something this small. What a great challenge!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 3:51PM
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lafonda_ranch

I have mine started!! I took the inspiration fabric to the quilt store to get more coordinating fabric (can't have too much, right!?), and the ladies there all oh'd and aw'd over the inspiration piece! I just hope my "vision" turn out like it is in my head.

Robbi

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:27AM
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Vanislegirl88

Still waiting for mine to arrive.... :-(

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 11:46AM
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jennifer_in_va

you should get it any day now....it went in the mail on Monday!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:22PM
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Vanislegirl88

Yup...just arrived in today's mail...Yeah, can't wait to get started. Now that I've seen the fabric, I know exactly what I'm going to do...:-)

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 2:57PM
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nanajayne

I am going to put the binding on tomorrow............then comes the challenge of how it will be hung.......

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 7:10PM
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quiltpartner

My fabric arrived yesterday - & I spent half the afternoon pulling possible coordinates from my stash. Not yet sure what I'm doing, but some ideas are beginning to form...

~Cindy

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 6:35PM
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nanajayne

It is done!!This has been fun. I can't wait to see how others interpret the quest. Will we be showing them here or will that only be at the retreat??

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 6:09PM
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jennifer_in_va

Wow! That's great, Jayne!

We can't post pictures until Retreat, because we don't want to share what we've done with those that haven't started yet! (Me, for one).

When you've finished, do this for me:
1) Take a picture of your project
2) store the photo and the quilt in a safe place
3) When we get closer to retreat, I'll let you know who to mail it to so it can travel to retreat with us for display/voting/group photos

At retreat, we will be sure to post photos (or have you post your own) so everyone can see them all up close and together.

Also, please be sure to label your quilt!! We want to be able to get it returned to you!!!

I sure can't wait to see what you've all done!! jen

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 6:19PM
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jennifer_in_va

Faytay (Wendy Faye) has offered to collect the completed challenge quilts from her fellow Canadiennes, if they are not travelling to retreat themselves.

Hopefully, by mailing within the country, there won't be delays. She's plannning on travelling to retreat (YEAH!) and will safely carry everone's quilts.

Email her direclty for mailing address when you're ready to mail it and she'll take good care of your quilt!

Thanks, Wendy Faye!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 2:31PM
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faytay

No problem, eh.

;)
W

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 4:39PM
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lola99

How is everyone doing on the challenge?

It took me a while to finalize my design and I've been cutting and modifying and working on my layout ever since. Over the past week I've taken digital pictures, rearranged pieces and taken more pictures. I finally thought I was set to start sewing last night when I had a brain cramp and all of the sudden I thought I had mis-calculated and my quilt was going to turn out to be several inches too big. I immediately began looking at my design trying to figure out how to take several inches out without compromising my design. I took a break and returned and realized that my math was right the first time. phew!

Now you may be asking yourself, how can someone who is trying to construct an 18"x18" quilt be off by 4-5 inches? Believe me, I found a way to almost do just that! LOL

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:16PM
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toolgranny

I've had the top done for over a month and am still staring at it trying to work out the FMQ in my head. Once that is decided, it's easy. But, that's often the hardest part for a quilt, isn't it.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 1:39PM
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quiltnhen

Glad someone brought this up! Life got in the way and I forgot all about it.
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 5:48PM
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Vanislegirl88

Faytay,
I sent you an email asking for your address to send my challenge quilt to. Still waiting for a reply.

Kristy

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 10:36AM
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faytay

Oh, sorry Kristy, your email went into my spam folder and I missed it. I can't reply tho, cause your email is blocked. This is the message I got.
(PLEASE NOTE: The member responding to your post has chosen not to reveal his or her email address. Therefore, you cannot reply to this message via email.)
I'll try to send you one directly.

Faye

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 6:42PM
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Vanislegirl88

Sorry Faye,
I suspected that it probably went to your spam. They must have made some upgrades or changes here and I had to go into my profile and check the box to allow emails. It's done now, so you should be able to send one.

Thanks,
Kristy

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 9:11PM
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faytay

Sent. Let me know if you got it.

Faye

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 1:01PM
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Vanislegirl88

Thanks Faye,
Haven't received it yet, but I'm watching for it. Checked junk mail and it's not there either.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 12:57PM
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faytay

OK, I just resent another email. This time I'm seeing your email address tho, and I don't recall it showing before. If you don't get this one, try sending me another. I did get yours, I just could not reply to it. If you changed your settings I may be able to reply now.
Nothing is ever as simple as it sounds, is it??

Faye

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:04PM
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Vanislegirl88

Faye,
For some reason, I am not receiving your emails. Try sending directly to me at kseiler@shaw.ca

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 11:08AM
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faytay

OK, you should have it now....

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 5:59AM
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jennifer_in_va

If you still have problems, I'd be happy to be the middle-man on emails... No explanation why you can't see each other's emails, but at least we could reach a solution!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 8:53AM
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Vanislegirl88

Finally got it. Thanks for theyour patience...LOL...don't know why it wouldn't work through garden web though....

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 4:52PM
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K8Orlando

Working on mine and having fun with it, although it really has turned out to be a challenge. I can see what I want to do, but can't seem to make it look the way I want.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:23PM
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faytay

I've gotten as far as 'a plan'. :)

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:37PM
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littlehelen_gw

Faytay...thank you...it's nice to know I'm not alone!
V.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 10:14AM
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grammyp

Me, too. I have my plan.

beverly

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 11:49AM
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K8Orlando

Bumping this back to the top!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 4:46PM
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colleenny

I have a sort of plan. Nice to know I am not alone. I work better under pressure,

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 9:00AM
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bozogardener

I've discarded my first plan, and on to the second...

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 6:18PM
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teresa_nc7

I've made my block and know what I want to do with the challenge fabric. Also know the new technique I want to try - so you could say I have a plan!

Teresa

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 9:23PM
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grammyp

Oh, man. I have changed my design 3 times this week. Gotta quit looking ad patterns.

beverly

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 8:49AM
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quiltpartner

Enjoyed reading & catching up w/everyone's progress. This challenge is becoming part of my determination to get better! Just scheduled another surgery for July 5 --- so have to get cracking NOW! The ideas have been forming then disappearing ;(. Hmmm...

Now back to topics to check on what y'all have been up to all spring -

Cindy

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 9:39PM
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bozogardener

Discarded my second plan, on to the third...If this one doesn't work I may have to be done. This might work, though.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:34AM
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lola99

I finished my top a few weeks ago. Now I have to decide how to quilt it. I think simple might look better, but it's such a small piece, and so much easier to quilt than a large quilt that I just might not be able to help myself - I may have to try something too complicated! LOL

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 1:26PM
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bev2009

Confession time. I haven't done anything with this project yet. Yikes. Where does the time go? This week I'm in Pasadena, CA with DD so won't be able to do anything until I'm home on Friday. However, I'll start mentally planning now. July 31st will be here before we know it.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:44PM
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jennifer_in_va

I guess I had stated that these needed to be done by July 31st and mailed... should review my own information, I guess... I really see no reason to do this...If you are coming to Retreat, bring your finished quilt with you; if you aren't, be sure to mail it to someone in time for their travel to retreat.

Oh, and Bev~ I've done nothing with mine yet either! so don't feel so bad... this was all my idea, and I've still not started. Can't get worse than that.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 4:25PM
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Vanislegirl88

Hmmm...so how strict is the 18" x 18"?....is this exact or is there some give or take?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 5:31PM
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jennifer_in_va

There's definitely give and take. I'm not the quilt police! lol

We don't want one to be 24x24, and the rest 18x18, but there's a little fudge space.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 5:57PM
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lafonda_ranch

I love the updated info and the extra time. I'm definitely planning on coming to the retreat, so the extra month is welcomed!! And mine may be a few inches bigger by the time I get the border and binding on, so that is good, too.

Looking forward to the retreat!!

Robbi

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 11:43AM
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K8Orlando

I can go over 18"?!? More beads!!!!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:13PM
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jennifer_in_va

Now, Kate. Don't get too carried away!!! "Slightly" over 18" is one thing...."Way" over is out of control!!!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:40PM
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jackier123

Jennifer,
What size sleeve should we put on the back?

Jackie

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:59PM
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jennifer_in_va

Let's say 3". I'm not entirely sure how we're going to hang them yet, but that should give us some flexibility.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 2:14PM
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teresa_nc7

Jen, what about a clothesline hung out on the porch, maybe on the front porch to separate them from our "quilt show" on the side? We could either thread them on the rope line or use clothes pins to hang them on the line.

Teresa

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 9:17AM
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jennifer_in_va

Teresa, That's definitely an idea to give consideration! Thanks.

I've been giving thought to where to display them. I thought it would be fun to have the other Y campers do the voting, in which case, setting it up at the dining hall might be more convenient. But then we could also pass out voting 'tickets' and have them drop by Sloan to vote.

Thanks for the idea...

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 10:39AM
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faytay

I think that's a great idea. Maybe get them to announce what we are doing early in the weekend and then after supper Sat get them to vote. That would give them time to look.

Speaking of this... I've trashed my first attempt. :( Came out very muddy. I guess that's the downfall of doing scrappy when your favorite is earthtones. But I have a new plan. :)

Faye

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 12:38PM
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jackier123

Haha just a sneak peak of my challenge quilt.
I still have to bind it and put a sleeve on.

Jackie

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 1:51PM
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grammyp

I can get Tim to build us a "structure" so we can put them on the porch, in the room, and move it to the dining hall for display and voting by the campers.

I'm working on my 3rd design and really like this one. Gonna make a "sample" with other fabrics to make sure it will work before cutting into my square.

beverly

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 2:21PM
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quiltnhen

Jackie...great teaser, now I'm even more intimidated. ;-)
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 3:05PM
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toolgranny

No fair, Jackie. Now I will have to go back and make a fancier one. It's obvious plain just isn't going to do! And, Robbi is embellishing!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 7:09PM
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K8Orlando

Oh my! I was feeling pretty good about mine but after Jackie's gorgeous teaser I'm thinking of starting over! I'm pretty sure I have 1 inch left of the fabric.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 7:17PM
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jackier123

That one spot I took a photo of is the best part, so don't be afraid of mine. :) Besides, if the kids are judging, you could probably put a hamburger on a quilt and they would be happy!

Jackie

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 7:54PM
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littlehelen_gw

Now I'm really intimidated...Jackie's teaser is gorgeous, Kate is adding beads, Robbi is embellishing.. Linda is done and ....I'm on my 4th design..omg omg... the stress !@#$%^ :-) lol
V.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 8:16PM
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jennifer_in_va

Well, consider yourselves in good shape!! Your coordinator of this challenge hasn't even begun to work on hers!! She still has her original idea in her head, and if it doesn't work out, then it may end up being a potholder like the last challenge she did!

I will say this... You are all having way more fun & interacting more than anyone in my guild did when this challenge was put before them last year.

And really, you should be more upset that Nanajayne had hers done about 3 months ago!!! And, it's hanging in my sewing room!!! Baaahhhaaaww I know what it looks like! Nanny nanny boo boo.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 9:11PM
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toolgranny

At least I know a store that has this yardage on their shelf. I can buy more!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 9:28PM
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nanajayne

LOL. I got it done so I could drop it off and have a chat. Those on FB could have a peek but that wouldn't be fair.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 10:35PM
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lafonda_ranch

Yeah, but I'm still no where being done!! I haven't even started any embellishing. I hope to just have mine done. Love the teaser, Jackie!! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest.

Robbi

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 4:27PM
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faytay

Yah, but Jen you can whip yours together, quilt it and add the sleeve, all while waiting for your tea to steep....

;)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 6:55PM
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jennifer_in_va

Thanks for your vote of confidence. But keep in mind the last time I did this challenge, my 'quilt' ended up as an ugly potholder!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 7:20PM
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Vanislegirl88

Oh My...here it is July already. I'm done...just need to put a sleeve on it and get it into the mail....yikes. Time has gotten away from me.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 5:40PM
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jennifer_in_va

Aaaack!! I haven't even started mine yet! Guess I should have put this on my July To-Do list!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 5:44PM
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jackier123

Mine is done all except the sleeve. I figure I have until retreat to do that.

Jackie

This post was edited by jackier123 on Thu, Jul 4, 13 at 18:21

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 6:20PM
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bev2009

I hate to confess, but I haven't even started. I usually accomplish what I set out to do....eventually. However, I don't want to make this eventually....I want to make it on time. Monday morning I will get cutting and see what happens. I never thought I would win anyway, with all you very experienced quilters. I am just doing it for the fun. LOL

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 9:29PM
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jennifer_in_va

Bev,

Don't panic! It's all just for fun! To explore those creative juices!

Btw, it was all my idea, and I haven't started either!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 10:11PM
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Vanislegirl88

LOL...yes, it better just be for fun or I'd be pretty embarrassed with what I made. DH likes it but I think it looks like an eight year old did it!! I did have some fun with it and tried some different things that I don't normally do.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 10:06PM
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K8Orlando

Yes! Just for fun!

I was laughing about this last week because I showed my challenge project to 2 friends. One was obviously unimpressed and pointed out that I usually use more color in my quilts. I swear she almost fell asleep looking at it. That left me thinking I should completely start over because the stupid thing is BORING! Then 2 days later the other friend said "Wow! You use such interesting colors!" Wha....??? So, it's not boring it's... GAUDY? LOL - I think the boring comment was closer to the truth in this case, but it is what it is, somewhere between boring and gaudy depending on your taste and perspective. I had fun trying something new with the quilting so I've decided I'm going to be happy with it. It's not getting re-done.

Kate

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 3:48PM
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toolgranny

Didn't you know we are going to vote on most boring and most gaudy as well? I have been counting on that.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 6:05PM
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K8Orlando

Woo HOO!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 11:24PM
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Vanislegirl88

Mine is now in the mail and on it's way.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 12:07AM
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littlehelen_gw

Well I finally did the top of the challenge quilt ...it's a start...the long 4th of July weekend felt like my challenge quilt marathon, but I will be done by the time the retreat rolls around, just need another long weekend of sewing!
V.

This post was edited by littlehelen on Tue, Jul 9, 13 at 20:02

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 10:31AM
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bev2009

Ok, whew, just designed it. To the quilt shop tomorrow. I'm using several fabrics from my stash, but still need some for the windmill block. I'm going away for the weekend and having a bunch of company next Saturday and Sunday. If I get this done, it will be by the skin of my teeth. I really wish I didn't need the adrenaline rush to get me going. Hope I can sleep now. LOL

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 11:09PM
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quiltnhen

Hoping for a miracle. Haven't even finalized the design and don't know how to scale down the block, but I'm going to try. Please send the information on the date and address to mail to.
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 2:34PM
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jennifer_in_va

Finally got to working on mine. Didn't go with design #1 which I'd had all along. Went with something entirely different. Have the top done, just need to figure out how I'm going to quilt it.

Linda, you have some time still. If you need help scaling down the block, let us know what size you'd like it to be, and we'll try to help. We have quite a few good with numbers here!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 2:41PM
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quiltnhen

Thanks for the offer. I spent the whole day "almost" succeeding on one part, but back to the drawing board. Not sure yet if I want to size the wind mill 2 block to 3 inches or 4. Is there a formula. It's the triangles that always trip me up. At least those are 1/2 square.
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 7:45PM
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faytay

Kristy, package arrived yesterday. I had it half opened (I was VERY excited, I NEVER get packages) and then realized what it was, so I didn't open it completely. Now I gotta get mine done....

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:42AM
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Vanislegirl88

Thanks for letting me know that you got it.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 10:38AM
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Vanislegirl88

Thanks for letting me know that you got it.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 10:39AM
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sandlapper_rose

I'll be so excited to see the pictures!
Jen, I hope you got my e-mail. I was in the hospital about a month ago and still awaiting surgery so I haven't made mine and not too sure I will make it to camp either, but if I don't I sure will miss all of you and I'll be following along from at home.
Jeanne

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 3:50PM
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faytay

Has the official retreat signup happened yet?

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 11:26AM
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K8Orlando

Oh Jeanne, I hope we'll see you there! Be well!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 5:59PM
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jennifer_in_va

Jeanne, Sorry I haven't responded to your email...this week has been BUSY! I'm sorry to hear of your health issues, and that you might not make retreat. Take care of yourself, and we'll save you a seat next year!

Faye~ I expect to put something out late next week for 'official' retreat signups...keep an eye open!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 6:14PM
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quiltnhen

Yet another head banging day working on the "CHALLENGE". I capitalized it because it sure is! Nearing the end of the quilt top itself, but it doesn't even vaguely resemble what I thought I was going to do. At one point today I felt like I was doing a jigsaw puzzle with a sledge hammer! Here's hoping there are no major snafus from now on. For a minute there I almost forgot to add the challenge fabric. Quilting this should add a whole new level of stress ;-)
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 12:22AM
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littlehelen_gw

Dear quiltnhen, I so enjoyed your post...you expressed my sentiments exactly! You are not alone... :-)
V.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 5:04PM
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jennifer_in_va

Linda, I'm sorry you've been 'head banging' :*( It was suppose to challenge everyone, to force everyone to think outside their comfort zone. It wasn't intended to cause undue stress.

I'm sure what you accomplish will be beautiful! And I can't wait to see it!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 8:24PM
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quiltnhen

Jennifer, Thanks for the help on sizing the block. I tried for a while to work out a smaller version and then decided I'd work with what you sent. It worked out fine.

Valarie, Good to know I'm not alone :-)

LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 10:32PM
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teresa_nc7

A quilting buddy helped me by resizing the block. We all agreed I probably never would have been able to do the math. :o(

Teresa

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 8:16AM
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quiltnhen

My quilt top ended up a tad too large. I made the actual quilt almost 18X18 and then it "had to have" borders to look finished ;-(

It will be about 21X21 once I bind it. If it's ok to send it just for viewing, since it doesn't fit the rules, I will.

It's been a good learning experience for me though. Gotta quilt it now. Maybe that will shrink it a tad!
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 7:02PM
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bev2009

Unfortunately, I did not complete (or should I say begin) the challenge. I'm sorry to let everyone down. I have spent every free moment in the garden and entertaining. I figure if I am going to do all this gardening, I need to share it. I had two groups over last weekend and I had send out a mass invitation to the garden, so I was busy giving garden tours as well. Tomorrow night and Saturday I have two more groups coming and then I think I am done.

The moral of the story for me is, don't plan on quilting much in the summer. I can't wait to see what you ladies have created! I hope you have a wonderful time at retreat.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 8:20PM
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jennifer_in_va

Linda,

you're just fine! I'm not a stickler a for rules (except for my kids lol)!

Send it along and it will hang with the rest!
jennifer

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 8:25PM
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quiltnhen

bev2009

Pictures! Pictures!

Jennifer, Will do!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 12:24AM
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colleenny

I hadn't been able to sew due to the heat. I am working on mine this week. Colleen

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 7:56AM
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teresa_nc7

The top of my challenge is done! Now to layer it and quilt it - which I plan to do sparingly. I thought I might try out my machine's "tie" stitch. Mine turned out "close" to the right dimensions. Close counts......right?

Teresa

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 9:17AM
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quiltnhen

With luck my entry will be in the mail this week! Bit of a disaster trying to quilt through the ironed on parts :-(
My Babylock Jane refused! My Pfaff tried valiantly, but still skipped and sputtered. Now binding, sleeve and mailing.
Onward! ever onward!
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 7:34PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Oh boy, I can't wait until......oops!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 8:27PM
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jennifer_in_va

Well, got the binding on mine today, so I'm considering it DONE! Amen.

Hope everyone else is getting theirs done...Can't wait to see them all!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 4:00PM
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lafonda_ranch

I finally got my top done and have it sandwiched. I'm not good at the quilting part, so I'm a little nervous about that. It is supposed to rain all weekend, so I hope to get it quilted? Lots on the sewing list to do before the retreat.

Robbi

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 7:52PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

LindaB, I'm betting your quilt is closer to size than you think if you lowered those feed dogs and did a ton of quilting on it. LOL

Bev2009, Hope you've been able to finish the Group Challenge. I don't suppose a collage of your garden bounty with the challenge fabric dropped in there somewhere would work, eh? Would be a bit difficult to put a sleeve on it and hang from the clothesline...talk about thinking outside the box.....well......

You girls will be glad to hear I have been released to get glasses and the appt is Monday. :-) Then my off the wall 'chattering' will cease....maybe.

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 10:20AM
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