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Aug 12 / Dani

Challenge Quilt

A few months back now, Whitney at The Crooked Stitch started a challenge in our Roanoke Modern Quilt Guild. She gave us a bunch of fat 1/8th’s from the Denyse Schmidt Shelburne Falls line, and told us to go to town!

I wasn’t sure at first what I wanted to do with them, but I knew I wanted to make a quilt (rather than a pillow or a wall hanging). While I was up at another shop in my area (Old Trinity) I saw this pattern called Cross It by Zen Chic. I bought the pattern, but I will admit that after reading through it I kinda abandoned it I just did my own thing (which I probably should have done to start with).

In the end, this is what I came up with!

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I had this idea of it sort of looking like “organized pickup sticks” which I think I got. I used a few of the donated fat 1/8th’s and added a bunch from my stash. While I was working on it I decided that it would make a great quilt for TJ’s cousin, who recently finished her breast cancer treatment. As I was working it was coming out fun and happy feeling, and that is very much Dawn-Marie. So I knew it had to go to her! (Edited to add – I just realized it is Dawn’s birthday today. Happy birthday girl!)

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Before I quilted it I embroidered a little message on the backing fabric (which is my favourite one from that line).

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For the quilting I decided to do straight lines that didn’t *quite* intersect with the sticks on the top. I am really pleased with how it came out!

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The best part was the lovely message I received from Dawn when she got it in the mail. Isn’t that the best part of gifting a quilt? Knowing that the recipient loves it? It is for me anyway.

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Thanks again Whitney for the challenge fabric!

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