The AQS Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan opened Wednesday. If you visit the show, make sure to check out the Ultimate Guild Challenge exhibit. My art quilt group, Art 2 Quilt, is exhibiting with the theme “Road Trip”. Here’s my quilt.
The Ultimate Guild Challenge exhibit has always been one of my favorite exhibits at that show. I am honored and blessed to have a quilt displayed. Many thanks to all the members of Art 2 Quilt, who are always up for a challenge and willing to try new things. They are a talented group, and I have learned a lot from them over the years.
I showed pictures of all my projects in Friday’s post and haven’t been back in the sewing room since. The best I can do is a picture of the different color pinwheels.
To deal with the size inconsistencies, I decided to trim the blocks to the largest size I could based on color. At this point I have pinwheels in three different sizes.
We’ll see how that works out for me.
I have also fallen behind on reading posts and acknowledging comments. A number of weekend commitments and a stormy night with no internet contributed to the backlog. I appreciate everyone who participates in the linky party and hope to catch up soon.
Another month down, another project finished. I met my goal last month of sewing a shirt. I’ve done well this year finishing my OMGs, which has kept my projects moving.
There are quite a few changes in the list this month.
Project One: I’m still stitching My Sewing Treasures by Bobby G Designs.
Project Two: I started working on a UFO I picked up off the charity table at Guild. Whoever started it including a picture of what the planned quilt would look like, but I’m not going there. I’ll sew up all the pinwheel pieces and decide from there.
Project Three: I started cutting pieces for a Traffic Jam quilt (free pattern by Pat Sloan). It will take a while to accumulate enough pieces for a twin size quilt. This one isn’t a priority, more like filler.
Project Four: I pulled out a UFO that I refer to as The Wall quilt. The blocks are hanging on the design wall.
My OMG will be to sew all the pinwheel blocks included in the UFO bag. I’ll need more blocks for the quilt, but it will be a start.
My OMG for July was to make a shirt from this fabric and pattern.
I finished it last week. The first picture shows the color more accurately.
I used a gauze fabric I bought at Joann’s a few years ago. It tended to have a mind of its own and shifted if I looked at it wrong. It doesn’t pay to but mediocre fabric. I’ve just about learned that lesson.
My Guild (The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild) does a thing called “adopt a box.”
The guild has a supply of fabric used to make quilts for a local battered women’s shelter (Safehouse). Member can browse the tables of fabric and take whatever they want to make a Safehouse quilt. We’re talking a lot of fabric to choose from.
Rather than rent a storage unit to store the fabric between meetings, member are asked to take a box home and bring it back the next meeting. Members’ homes become the storage facility.
I’ve taken boxes off and on over the years. I brought a box home after last weekend’s meeting. The fabric is two layers deep and you can only see half of it.
Although it looks like a lot of fat quarters, it’s mostly scraps. Sometimes the boxes have all yardage and sometimes they are full of orphan blocks and UFOs. When you grab a box you never know what you’ll get.
Working with scraps is my method of choice. For the past couple years most my quilts have come from my scrap bins, with the addition of a background fabric. I was in heaven when I saw the contents of this box.
And since they know how much I love and appreciate them, those blue and cream scraps told me they want to become a Traffic Jam quilt.
I’ll add my own scraps to the mix and look at this as a long term project. Each adopted box can contribute until I have enough blocks for a twin size quilt. It can serve as a leader and ender project.