Thimbleberries Challenge Quilt 2007
Here's the latest addition to my ever-growing pile of projects-in-waiting. Yesterday I said that I'm working on the 2007 Thimbleberries Club Quilt, but that I'm going to use my retro 1930's-style fabrics. And I also mentioned that I'm going to use the Thimbleberries fabrics for something else. Well, this is that something else.
The quilt shop (Quilting Delights) where I am taking the class is sponsoring a quilt challenge. The quilt has to be finished by June, must use every fabric in the 2007 Thimbleberries line at least once, may not use any other fabrics, and must be either 20" x 30" or smaller, or 30" x 40" or larger. Creativity is the primary focus, workmanship will not be considered. The quilt does not have to be finished, just the top. The winner gets a gift certificate, I believe.
So now I'm tearing myself up trying to figure out what to make. Of course, I want it to be good. But I also want it to be relatively easy. I'm not sure what I'll end up doing. I'm considering using this really slick technique I watched today on one of my taped episodes of Simply Quilts. The guest, Sandy Bonsib, made large square-in-a-square blocks using 6" raw squares of fabric, then cut them apart and sewed them back together for a scrappy look. The end result was scrappy four patches inside of square-in-a-square blocks. The guest was speaking about flannel quilts, but the technique would work with regular cottons as well. Here is a picture of the quilt she made on the show. It's called "Almost Amish."
She used setting squares in her quilt, and I'm not sure I'd choose to use setting squares, but I might. I guess I need to try a few things and see how it goes. I think it'd be a cute quilt at the end, but I'm not sure it'd be creative or interesting enough to win a prize. Her circular log cabin quilt is really neat. I'd love to have a quilt like that.
Of course, I have a million hang-ups about this whole process. Not only do I feel completely inhibited by how badly I want to do a good job, I also feel completely inhibited about using a pre-existing pattern. I feel some kind of unease about it, like I'm not being honest. Somehow I've learned or been trained that it only counts when you use your own original designs. I'm not sure what I think about that--but it's definitely keeping me from jumping in and trying things.
I'll have to work on that. I should just decide to make the circular log cabin quilt anyway, and just go with it. It's a cute quilt, and it'd be fun to make. Maybe it'll help me loosen up.