SOL Challenge Day 6
Challenges are a part of life. We constantly face them. Some can be fun such as participating in the SOL March Challenge. Others can have more of an impact on one’s life like getting lout of bed on a cold dreary morning to get ready to go to work. Although I a participating in this writing challenge, I thought I would devote today’s post to a challenge Kathy faced last year.
2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the quilt guild Kathy belongs to. The president of the guild decided that it would be fun to issue challenges to the members to help commemorate the occasion. She came up with four different projects for the members. They would have two months to complete each one and they wouldn’t get a new challenge until the two months for the previous one were up.
The first challenge was issued in April. It needed to be completed by the June meeting. It sounded simple enough: make a block that had exactly 25 pieces in it. So, Kathy and I went through some of the books she had looking for a pattern that had exactly 25 pieces. We didn’t really find one that we liked.
One day we were at Jo-Ann fabrics. They usually have block kits that can be made and put into a bed sized quilt when completed. While Kathy was looking at fabric, I stood looking at the different blocks making up the quilt counting the pieces in each block. I actually found one that fit the requirements. I showed it to Kathy and we both decided that this was the one for the challenge.
The kit included all of the material as well as the pattern. To make the deal even sweeter, it was on sale. She did, however, change one part of the block. In the kit, the center square was a baby blue with some brown designs printed on it. Neither one of us was too wild about that. Luckily, though, Kathy has a large stash of fabric. She went to it and found a piece of orange fabric.
This added a bit of pizzazz to the finished block. She also used pieces of it in the binding to pull the block together. Here is what her finished block looks like:
A funny thing happened when she took it to guild for show-and-tell- in June. Someone else had gone to Jo-Ann’s and bought the exact same block. They, however, kept the blue in the center.
Tomorrow the second challenge.