SOL Challenge #7
After completing the first challenge for the quilt guild’s year long celebration of its 25th anniversary, the ladies were given the second challenge. Once again they had two months to complete it making this project due for the august meeting. This was a simple challenge. All they had to do was construct a block that had 25 different fabrics in it.
Well, the most obvious, and the one chosen by most ladies, was to just take 25 squares and sew them into a block. This is what Kathy decided to do as well. Now the problem became which 25 fabrics to choose. Should they be all solids? Should they all be prints? Should there be a combination of solids and prints? Should they all be in the same color family? I think you get the picture that picking 25 different fabrics might not be as simple as it sounds.
Kathy decided on a combination. The next decision was where would this finished piece be used. Would it serve a purpose or just be stashed away somewhere. I had a little input here. A couple of years ago, after a major flood in our basement, we gutted and redid the entire space. We took our old table downstairs so that I would have a place to build puzzles. The table has glass inserts.
I thought it would be nice if it had a topper. Kathy agreed and so we decided that the block she made would act as a table topper. the fabrics she chose worked well with the colors in the basement. She laid out the 25 squares of fabric she chose. she also had a stack of just in case fabrics on the side. We started playing with the arrangement of the pieces taking out some that didn’t seem to work and auditioning (apparently a quilter’s term) other fabrics. We finally hit on something we both liked. Although it may be hard to see from the picture, there is an organization to the arrangement. Although I liked the fabrics and the arrangement of colors, there was still something missing for me. The table is octagonal and the topper was square. How about if we cut the four corners on a diagonal giving the piece an octagonal shape as well? Kathy liked that idea. Here is what the finished blocked looks like:
It works perfectly on the table.
It protects the table from whatever we put on it.
Tomorrow, the third challenge (and my favorite).