Today’s project is one that’s a secret. Don’t tell anyone! LOL. It’s my 2020 Guild Challenge, which I am in charge of, so of course I had to play along! The Challenge rules are easy as ABC. Cause they are the ABCs.
- First initial for your block! Maltese Cross for C
- Second initial for your first color. Blue Jay Blue for J
- Third initial for your accent color. Bittersweet for B
- Find a neutral. I went with Beige
Other guidelines were:
- Use as many shades of the colors you chose as you want.
- No smaller than 12″x12″, no bigger than 48″x48″, flat or dimensional.
I had thought to use Corn and Beans for the block, but doing a recent Moda Block changed my course. I used the same block it to make a baby quilt last year. My mind was whirling with the possibilities.
Not to be easy peasy about it, I decided to create a diamond shape in some of the sections. Cause why do anything completely drama free?
Fabric pull, test block, and EQ8 Mock-up
The intent with the fabric placement was to create that secondary pattern of a circle in the center.
I made a make-shift design wall by hanging a scrap of batting to a quilt hanger. Hey, it was almost big enough! But how to quilt, my usual dilemma.
I used my EQ8 to “draw” my quilting lines on the mock-up
Then I marked dots on the actual quilt to give myself visual cues
Then I used a straight ruler I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics to connect the dots.
It took a bit of time, but eventually I was on to the border, and then the binding was added. Wait, oops! What’s that? I missed a diamond on the border.
I can’t wait to reveal it at our next meeting.
We are holding it outside in a park due to the virus.
I do hope lots of ladies played along and we have a good showing!