January 04, 2016

The Reveal: Family Challenge Quilt

Left: My Quilt, Right: Gram's Quilt

Gram and I are finished! The reveal took place at our family Christmas party, just a little slow getting things up on the blog. Both quilts are made from Somerset by Fig Tree. It's interesting to see how differently they turned out. Once, again each was a hit for different reasons.



I used one of the blocks from the 1920's Farmers Wife book and paired it with a 16 patch block. Gram announced that her quilt was done back at Thanksgiving, I had been procrastinating. Four days before the quilt was due was my start date. Add in the stress of holiday sewing, I really was kicking myself. My sewing machine could not go fast enough as time flew by!

Detail shot of Gram's quilt design



The one thing I did learn from this quilt, custom quilting is not my thing. Each of the pinwheel blocks has a different quilting design. Don't look close, it's scary. What I lacked from lack of time, I thought I would make up for it with the quilting. Well, not so much.  Putting custom quilting on my list of things to practice!


Since I photographed these beauties on Christmas day, Mike was at my parents. My two favorite guys helped me set up and take down my photoshoot. I have to say I am a pretty lucky girl. Notice that Mom got us all matching fleece, you can't see but I had mine on too :) 



Now onto the Challenge of 2016, "Battle of the Colors". I purchased Atrium by Joel Dewberry from Massdrop last month. In need of new challenge fabric, impulse buy was perfect. After dividing the fat quarters into blue and pink (13 of each), I then decided we would pull randomly for our color. If you look closely they are both the same prints in each color way.  

Gram got the cool selection.

I got the warm selection.
Now I just need to find a pattern. My mind is racing, but it's so hard to settle on one plan! One thing is for sure, this year I will be starting well before the due date. Lesson learned.

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15 comments:

  1. They are both great quilts, in their own way. It wasn't until I saw the detail shot of your Gram's quilt that I understood the pattern she used/designed. What an interesting piece! I'm intrigued by spatial relationships and faux 3D, so slight edge to Gram from this voter.

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  2. Oh what great quilts! I like that you will be using the same fabric line but in different colorways this year. Are you allowed to use any other fabric for the pieced top in the rules?

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  3. Nothing like a looming deadline to kick a girls butt in gear! :) Both quilts look great, and I really like the pattern your grandmother used. Haven't seen that before. This challenge sounds like so much fun!

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  4. Is this something you do each year? Do you see each others progress? I am not sure how I missed this entirely

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  5. I love your family competition, the quilts you make are different using the same fabric (and all so beautiful).

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  6. I look forward to this post every year to see how different the quilts look, using the same fabric. This coming year is going to be great too, using the same prints but different colorways. Love that you do this!

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  7. I love how saturated your version is! I have to say though, I like Gram's version better. ;) Better luck this year Chelsea!

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  8. What a fun challenge to do with your Gram! Both versions are gorgeous! I should do this with my mom because it might motivate her to sew more lol

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  9. Hi and Happy New Year! I do enjoy reading about your challenge with your Gram! Both quilts are most beautiful! I wish I still had my mom to do the same. Fabrics for the new challenge are adorable - I would love to have the cool bindle! I really like how you mixed those two blocks in your quilt! x Teje

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  10. What a fun challenge! Both quilts are beautiful this year, and next year's fabrics look fantastic!

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  11. I love both of your quilts - it's so neat seeing both of your styles in the same fabric line. It's a good thing I didn't see that Massdrop cause I am in LOVE with that line from Joel Dewberry; I was messing with a charm pack of it last week and kept thinking about going to find a fat quarter pack...

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  12. What a fun challenge. Both quilts turned out beautifully!

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  13. Love how they are both so different - I haven't tried custom quilting yet but am tempted to on 2 quilt tops waiting for me. Beautiful fabric pull - only slightly jealous! I spent a bit on massdrop before Christmas too.

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  14. I love this challenge! Sadly, neither my mum nor my gran is a keen sewer, so I will have to simply cheer you and your gran on from the sidelines.
    Yes, custom quilting is scary. As is starting four days before the deadline!
    Love the matching fleece. I get the sense that your family is adorable.

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  15. So much fun! You are so fortunate (as I am sure you realize!) to have such a talented Gram! Great picture of the quilt hanging process and dapper matching outfits!

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