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HEART OF MINE MYSTERY QUILT 2011

Heart of Mine PDF

WELCOME!

You’re just in time for a brand new mystery for Valentine’s Day and I am excited to have you here with me on this fun journey!   I am so excited about this quilt mystery!  This is totally my own design based on some easy free patterns that I have adapted for this quilt.  The quilt is very easy to do and has simple piecing and just a little appliqué for the borders.  The quilt should measure about 43 x 47 and will have 16 blocks measuring 9 inch blocks.

I would post a picture of the quilt, but as it is not finished yet, we will have to wait.  But here is a list of what you will need:

Two different white prints, 1/2 yard each

Assorted red and pink prints, 1/2 yard each or use stash scraps, plus extra for the border blocks

Green light-medium, 1/2 yard for appliqué on borders

Red or deep pink, 1/2 yard for appliqué on borders

Dark red for the inner border, 3/4 yards

Outer border for appliqué, not sure what color yet

Fusible webbing, paper-backed for appliqué

I will post links to the free patterns as we go along, mostly from quilterscache.   I will also post step by step pictures as we go along for the cutting but not for the sewing, and will have pictures of the before block and finished block.  Block patterns may be subject to change as we go along, as this is my first attempt at designing a mystery quilt, and want to allow for errors that may occur as we go along.  All I ask for is a little patience with me.

 As you can see, I’m going completely scrappy with this quilt that has anything to do with Valentines such as hearts, flowers, etc.  My goal, for me at least, is to use up as much scrap fabric up from noodles to FQ.   Of course, please feel free to do as you want, but me, I really love the feeling of FINALLY using up bits and pieces that take up space.  And by using them they turn into some of the prettiest quilts ever as they are so scrappy!   Not to mention, it frees up some space in my bins for even more scraps!

The pictures below all have to do with Valentine’s Day in one way or another, from hearts to lips and even Snoopy.  As you can see there is a good range of reds, pinks, lights and some darks.   You will still need your white for background but just a hint:  Some of the background will be red while the other is in white, just like a mirror image or a photo negative.  You’ll get the idea once the patterns come up.   Don’t forget your light to medium green and a solid or small print of deep pink or red for the appliqué, but that will be added on after the blocks are made.

Here are my choices.  Hopefully I will use up most of it as we go along.  I haven’t weeded through all of it yet, and matched it up to see if they play well together yet, but with a scrappy quilt and small pieces, more than likely it will turn out great! 

Now that you have an idea of what to use, have fun stash diving while I get the first block ready.

This is the first block for the quilt and is called a Striped Heart.  It measures 9.5 squared when finished with a border.  Without the border it is 8 inches.  I’m sewing the border on in advance as part of the block itself to coordinate with sashing in between the blocks.  You’ll see as we go along.

Fabric Requirements for this block.  As I said earlier, this can be used with either FQ, yardage or just plain scraps.  I’m using scraps as I believe in using what I have before the scraps take over my sewing room!  I actually used 4 different 6 inch charms and have enough left over for another block, so it doesn’t use much fabric at all.   You will need 4 different red or pink prints for this block.  Here are my choices:

White Fabric, tone or WOW 

4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inch (1) Cut into triangle.  You will use this with Red or Pink Print #1.

2 x 2 inch squared (4)

Red or Pink Print #1    4 7/8 x 4 7/8 (1) Cut into triangle

Red or Pink Print #2    4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (2)   You will use with #3.

Red or Pink Print #3    4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (2)    You will use with #2.

Red or Pink Print #4    4 1/2 x 2 inches   These will become your flying geese units with the four from the white fabric.

Just to let you know, the pattern I was using must of have been written and then translated from another language as I had a lot of problems understanding the pattern, so I am rewriting so it’s a little easier to follow.   I also am a visual learner and believe that pictures can tell you more than words can, so my instructions are usually brief and to the point.  In advance, I should let you know it’s easier for me to just go ahead and do the pattern than it is for me to write it, so please be patient with me!    Thank you in advance.

STEP ONE AND TWO:   I combined both steps to make it easier (and I also forgot to take a picture).   Now that we have our fabric chosen and cut, we can get started on the actual sewing. As you can see from the unfinished block, it goes together fairly quickly (once you understand the original directions).   Believe me; I had to do a little frogging to get this done before I was happy with it.  This is a sample block, so please do not judge my work from my sample.  I actually can sew straight!  LOL!!

As you can see above, you will need your red #2 and red #3 pieces.  Sew one red to the other red and repeat.  Then sew both units together.  Doesn’t matter which way as it will work out.

STEP THREE:  This has a few more steps than the first but if you can do a flying geese, you will be okay.

STEP #4:  Now sew the 2 flying geese together and then sew to the top of the block.

STEP #5:   Now take the triangles; sew them together to form 2 squares.

And place them so:

STEP 6:  Then sew together the 2 blocks, and then attach to the bottom part of the block, and you have your first block done!  That is, if you decide to do the border later.  Personally, I like doing the border at the same time.

And here is the finished block!

For the borders, I used 1.5 inch strips, two were 8.5 inches for the top and bottom, and the other two were 10 inches for the sides, making a very simple but pretty frame for this block.

You will need 4 of these blocks in different reds and whites.

Free heart pattern that is very easy to do.  You will need 4 blocks with 1.5 inch borders going around it when the block is finished.  The block without the border will be 8.5 inches, with the border; it will measure at 9.5 unfinished. Here is the link:  http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art19163.asp and is called Heart Piece Quilt Block.

I made the block and found it to be very easy, but here are my instructions.  Unbelievable how fast it is to do and a lot of fun.  If you looked at the pattern on the website, it looked as though they were doing just one color and then the WOW.  Well, just for fun, I went ahead and did the top part of the heart in a contrasting color and the bottom part in a matching fabric.  You can do it either way.  You will need 4 blocks.

Here is the unfinished block:

These are the fabrics that I chose, but you can do it either one color or 2 different colors.  Be creative.   With the exception of a few pieces of yardage (I have limited Valentine fabric) I used mostly just scraps.

Here are the measurements that you will need:   This is if you are using 2 different reds or prints.  Otherwise, skip the second fabric and use.

Fabric 1 Red or Print:  You will need 2.5 x 4.5 rectangles. (2)

Fabric 2 Red or Print:  You will need 6.5 x 8.5 inches rectangle.  (1)

White or background fabric:  You will need 2.5 squares.  (4)  And 4.5 inch squares (2)

Border:  You will need coordinating strips of 1.5 inches in length cut at 8.5 inches and 9.5 inches.  (Two each).  Not in picture.

Step 1:

With the four 2.5 inch WOW pieces, and the 2 Red #1 pieces, make 2 flying geese units:

Now sew them together to make the top part of the heart:

Take the large Fabric Red #2

 

and iron the centers of the WOW into triangles.  I use the iron as a guide rather than marking the fabric.  Then place them as shown above and sew:

Then trim off the excess.  Sew the top to the bottom and you have your heart!

If you’re doing the border as you go along, and then add to all sides, 8.5 x 1.2 inch for the bottom and 9.5 x 1.5 inch for the sides and you’re done.

Very simple and pretty!

Instead of duplicating the block and I’m having trouble finding easy patterns that go together so quickly without having to do paper piecing or appliqué, we will use a simple alternate block.   We will make four 9-patch at the size of 9 inches, your choice of colors that will coordinate with the other blocks.   This will help offset the hearts and make them POP! 

Sew; here is the Happy Hearts Block with my instructions: http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/pdf/hhblock.pdf

The unfinished block at 9.5 inches.  Remember the same border measurements for the other 2 blocks:

These are the fabrics I chose for this block: 

 

Fabric Requirements: 

White:  You will need (4) 2.5 inch squares, and (1) 4 inch square.   I know that the pattern says 3 7/8 inch squared, but I prefer to 4 inch and then trim down afterwards.  Hard for me to see the 7/8 inch measurement on the ruler!  

Red or Pink #1:  You will need (2) 3.5 inch squares

Red or Pink #2:  You will need (2) 3.5 inch squares

Step #1: 

Time to make more of the flying geese! 

Step #2:  This is a little trickier.  Nah, not really!  Take #2 red and the white, place right sides together, and draw 2 lines diagonally.   Sew on both of the lines and then after sewing, cut down the middle, like so:

 

Sorry that the line is so light, but you get the idea.  If you want more detailed instructions, please refer to the link listed above.   I like to simplify my instructions. 

Then,  press open, and trim, sew together as below.

Step #3:   Sew the top and bottom together.

And here is the block without the border.

Now add the borders, you will need coordinating colors, 2 strips of 8.5 and 2 strips of 10.5.

And here is the finished block! 

Block #4:  

You will need to make four 9 inch 9 patches. 

This will give us a total of 16 blocks. Just a hint, since this quilt is designed to use up scraps, make sure you save your small pieces, but no smaller than 2 inches squared.  Just a little suspense……..

I wanted to address a couple of questions.  For the size of the blocks, you will need 16 blocks unfinished at 9.5 inches.  I made a mistake in the link last night (forgive me, I was a little tired).  The second link is the one you want to use, and that will give you the right size.   If you went ahead and made the extra blocks before I posted the update last night, don’t worry.  I’m giving a couple of alternatives here.  If you feel that the 9-patch is not going to work, then you can use them as setting blocks for the border, or you can use the extra blocks as a setting block.  Completely up to you.  Be a little creative!  Either way, they will be used.

  1. Remember the fusible webbing and the green and red/pink fabric?  Get those ready.  You will want a nice medium cream colored fabric.  This will be the inner border.  We will be doing some simple appliqué.  This is where the extra blocks will come in to play.  As soon as I remember where I placed the pattern, I will post the link. The size for the border will be 3.5 inches wide to allow for the appliqué.  Go ahead and measure and get that ready. We will do the appliqué in a bit.
  2. If you were using from stash like me, cutting down from squares or bits and pieces, SAVE them.  We are going to use them for the outer borders.  You don’t need anything smaller than 2.5 x 2.5 inches.  You will need 4 of these strips.  Since the blocks already have borders around them, you will not need sashing. This should measure as a 2.5 inch outer border.  Once you have the inner border measured, then measure this to fit.  BUT DON’T SEW THE INNER BORDER OR THE OUTER BORDER ON YET.  We still have the appliqué to do FIRST!  

I have been searching for that appliqué pattern and still cannot find it.  Sew, instead, I drew it.  I’m not the greatest at drawing, and my cat, Bandit, decided that he wanted to help by walking across my desk every time I tried to draw it.  I was going to do a single rose rambling along the inner borders but decided I liked this better.  I did a heart flower with 1 leaf on either side.  This is just a rough drawing, so please feel free to use it as you wish or if you want, you can draw your own.  As for enlarging the pattern for you, I’m not sure how to enable that on my computer for you, but feel free to modify it or copy it.  It’s just a rough idea and I know there are a lot of clever quilters out there that can figure it out.

 heart-flower-mystery-2011

Instructions:  You will need your fusible webbing, green fabric, and pink/red fabric, enough to make 8 of each unit.  If you prefer, you can use some of your leftover material to do the flower. There will be 2 of each set on the four inner borders.  I will leave it to you for placement, but what I’m thinking is one up and one down, each facing the setting block on the inner border.  I hope this makes sense, as soon as I get mine together, I will post it.  I have attached my rough drawing for you to view.

Now that you have your inner and outer borders started, go ahead and do the appliqué for the outer borders.  I will leave it to you as to placement.  Once that is taken care of, put on your outer border and you will have the top finished!   I will be posting pictures here fairly soon of what I have done but it may be a bit before I get to the appliqué.

Thank you for joining us!  

DONNA’S DELIGHT/MYSTERY QUILT

Hello Everyone!

My apologies for dropping the ball on the Mystery Quilt or Donna’s Delight.  My eyes have been a mess and I haven’t been able to read much less sew for the past week. On a positive note, I will be posting directions for the first block tomorrow, April 10.

PLEASE KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR THE CLUES.  I AM ONLY POSTING THEM UNDER THIS.  THANK YOU!

Thank you for understanding!

I will be posting the patterns later this afternoon.

Estimated fabric needed: 
Blue, dark 1 yard
Blue, light 1 yard
Gold, 1/2 yard
Green, dark 1 yard
Rust (red-orange) 1 yard
Cream or off white for background 2 yards
Five coordinating small prints FQ, your choice
Black 1/2 yard

I am overestimating the amount you may need as sometimes a block doesn’t always work out right and I would rather have too much than too little to work with. Have fun shopping!

First clue will be posted on March 31, cutting instructions for the first block.   

March 31, 2018

Believe it or  not, I do not have a quilt big enough for our bed, and I have made a lot of quilts over the years, mainly for charity or as gifts.   This will be a fairly large quilt, not sure of size yet, but probably a queen sized.   Hence, the name change of the mystery to Donna’s Delight!  The blocks are fairly simple, but the way they go together is going to be awesome.  All the blocks can be found on public domain and I will provide links to tutorials as needed.

SIZE CHART FOR CUTTING:

3 INCH BLOCKS:  1.5  inches.  Remember. to calculate, just divide your finished block size (say 6 inches) by 3 and then add 1.5 inch for your seam allowance.  This is because you have 3 equal squares across the block.

Now, on to the first section.  There will be 48 blocks total, with 12 blocks having the same center block, 12 having different centers, and so on.  Let’s start with the first set of centers, a simple Pinwheel. 

PINWHEEL BLOCK:  You will need to make 12 3.5 inch pinwheel blocks.  Using cream/white, dark green, rust, and dark blue, make 4 pinwheel blocks from each color.    Here is a link on how to make super easy pinwheels on youtube.com.  Missouri Star Quilts puts out a great tutorial that is very fast and easy.  I will be posting mine soon as I can get my camera working.

Here are my 12 Pinwheel Blocks.  I decided to go with red instead of rust, much richer color that matches well with the green and blue.

LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekYpJzHoW6E&t=20s

Now that you have your pinwheels made, set them aside.  These will be used later.

SQUARE IN A SQUARE BLOCKS:  Using your FQ with the small prints, make 12 3.5 inch blocks.  Here is a tutorial available showing how to make the block 2 different ways,  you can choose which is easiest for you.  Once you are done, they can be put aside.

I will be out of town this weekend, and plan to have the next clue ready for you next Tuesday, April 17.

If you are wondering why the blocks are being put aside, they will be used as centers for other blocks to come.

Best laid plans.  This has been a very busy and tiring week.  Spent most of the weekend cleaning out my dad’s trailer and then bringing some of it home and going through it yet again.  The third clue will be posted on Saturday, April 22.

APRIL 22:  CLUE 3  3.5 INCH FRIENDSHIP STARS

Here is a video showing how to make 8 half square triangles all at once.   You will need 48 half square triangles, using your rust, green, blue and cream fabrics.  You will also need contrasting colors for the center of the block.  You will also need 48 cream/white squares for the corners.  Make 4 from  each color.  Set aside.

OR:  This video is helpful also:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cVlL5E3EBM.  Just copy and paste into your browser to watch.

REMINDER: 

SIZE CHART FOR CUTTING:  3 INCH BLOCKS:  1.5  inches.  Remember. to calculate, just divide your finished block size (say 6 inches) by 3 and then add 1.5 inch for your seam allowance.  This is because you have 3 equal squares across the block.  

A tutorial for Friendship Star blocks:  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/friendship-star-quilt-block.html has the size chart available for 3 inch blocks.  Just copy and paste into the browser and it should come up.

Or you can watch this video:

Will be back Tuesday with the final center block set to make and then we will be putting the blocks together.

Will post more on Donna’s Delight Mystery quilt later today. Been feeling a little dizzy and drained, so not much sewing yesterday. Hope to get some sewing and sorting done today.

APRIL 26, 2018

CLUE 4:  FINAL  CENTER BLOCK:  The final center block is the popular Churn Dash in miniature!  This block will be 3.5 inches finished.   Using gold/yellow, light or medium blue, green and red, you will again need to make 12 blocks, 4 of each color.  Here is a good tutorial that will walk you through the process.  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/churn-dash-quilt-block.html.  You then need to click on Churn Dash that is underlined to take you to the actual directions.  Just copy and paste into the browser.

Am still working on the layout of the blocks.  Will post more next Wednesday. May 2. 

CLUE #5:  PUTTING THE FIRST SET OF BLOCKS TOGETHER!

We are going to start with the first set of blocks, the pinwheel.  The Pinwheel will be the center block and using the hourglass unit for the outside borders.  Match your green, blue and red blocks, using gold and white.  These should measure 3.5 inches.  The gold will be on the bottom with the white/cream facing outside.  You should have 3 colors altogether for the Hourglass units.  Remember, when you use this method, you will need to add one and 1/4 (1 and 1/4)  inch to the block for it to come out to the correct size.  You will need to make 48 units.  For now.  

Here is a great tutorial from Fons and Porter on making really quick Hourglass blocks:

The four outside corners will be set with gold/yellow which should bridge with the other blocks.

Hope to post more pictures this weekend.

Hello again!  I am still working on getting all of my units made and trying to get ahead of everything as the next few steps are going to  go together very quickly after this.  I will have the rest of Donna’s Delight ready on Monday, May 14.

Went to my UFO class today, had a great time but came home with a headache.  Will post tomorrow.  I have had a migraine all day, hope it passes soon.

 

 

Thank you for playing!

 

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE 2018

HURRY!  Time is running out!  Sign up before May 31!

Email me privately at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with your name and address to enter!

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE 2018
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2018
MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2018

DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15.

YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and that is why I had them hidden away.

My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric. I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!

PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private. DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first and second place and prizes will be announced and awarded closer to the deadline. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea

From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.

This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

These are some of last year’s entries!

CHARMS AND NOODLES SWAP 2018

STARTS: January 15, 2018
ENDS: December 31, 2018
SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 10, 2018

This is the perfect swap for those who would love to build up their stash, or to share some of their stash with others.

Charms: Size 5 inches
Noodles: Size 2.5 inches, LOF (length of fabric)

NOTE: This event will repeat every other month starting with January, March, May, July, September, and November. This gives everyone a month to send out and receive. This is a swap where you will send to each person on the list. You are responsible for posting when you send, who you receive and for postage.

Please read the guidelines in the files for more info. Sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Once we have 10 players, I will send out a list of players.

SCRAPPY QUILTERS’ THIRD ANNUAL LOVELY UGLY, POLKA DOT CHALLENGE 2017

RESULTS

Let’s give a big round of applause for all of our participants! They all did a fantastic job! Their names and prizes are listed under the picture.

First Place: A new quilting book (will be mailed on Monday)
Second Place: Coordinating FQ pack of 5 colors to play with (will be mailed on Monday)
Third Place: A free pattern from Craftsy.com (will be emailed today)

MOST ORIGINAL:
First Place: Karen McCulloch
Second Place: Linda Grobis
Third Place: Lillie Sunby​

BEST CAMOUFLAGED:
First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Brenda Sunby
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch​

MOST CREATIVE:
First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Karen McCulloch
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch

ROUND ROBIN 2017

A quilt made by fellow quilters.

SIGN UP DATE: June 15, 2017

DEADLINE TO HAVE CENTER MADE: June 30, 2017

SEND OUT DATE: July 15, 2017

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS AND TYPE AGREE AT THE BOTTOM, ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE.

HOW TO SIGN UP: Please sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with RR2017 in the subject line, your name, address, phone number, and email. When the swap is filled, then I will PM everyone along with a list. You will be always sending to the same person until finished. The list will be posted after the swap closes.

WHAT IS A ROUND ROBIN? A round robin is usually a 12 inch block that is sent to a set number of people who then take turns adding borders to the block. It is then sent back to the owner as a finished top. This is a chance to be creative by using different techniques, such as borders, blocks, appliqué, etc.

DUE DATE FOR BORDERS: To be announced after we have at least 5-7 signups. From there on, quilt tops will be due on the first of the month and you will have two (2) months to complete your round. Hopefully, the tops will be finished within a year but do understand that things do happen that can delay it. When you finish your center block, please post a picture as we love to share and also for insurance reasons in case of problems.

GUIDELINES:
1. Each quilt top should start with a 12.5 square block. It can be any style or color you would like, it’s your choice. Please include scraps and a vision of what you want to see your top become. Please include a journal for others to write in as it is fun to see where it has traveled and its transformation. Please post photos as we go along.

2. It is up to the person receiving the top to decide on an appropriate border to go around the center block. Please make sure that it complements the colors the maker has chosen and styles that will match. There will be as many rounds as there are players so that everyone has a chance to create.

3. When sending the quilt top along, please make sure that it is INSURED AND THAT THERE IS TRACKING ON THE PACKAGE, as we don’t want anything to happen to our creations. Also make sure it is Flat rate shipping. Please send on the first of the month. MAKE SURE THAT YOU POST TO THE GROUP YOUR TRACKING NUMBER, YOUR NAME, WHO IT WAS SENT TO, AND DATE SENT.

4. If you find that you are having problems keeping up with the rounds, please let me know so that we can help you keep up. If we do have problems, the date can be pushed back to help, but you have to let me know ASAP! Remember, we cannot help you unless you ask for help. IF YOU BACK OUT OR DROP OUT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWAP, OR DO NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS, AND WITHOUT LETTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE KNOW, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM SWAPPING!

5. Please keep pets and smoking to a minimum as we do have members that have allergies. Use only good quality cotton and your best sewing techniques. Be creative and have fun with the quilt but make sure that it complements the quilt.

Thank you for playing along!

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE, POLKA DOTS 2017

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2017

MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2017
DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016.
YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and it is, I guess, why I had them hidden away.
My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. But this time there is a twist to this year’s challenge, they are polka dots of different colors. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric.
I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures to my email only and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!
PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE  2017 in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private.
DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first, second and third place and the prizes will be announced and awarded after the voting. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting is complete.
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea
From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!