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Today I’m working on my “Too Good to Cut” Challenge quilt.  Poor little project, I’ve been neglecting it for several weeks and working on other quilts instead.  But…according to the guidelines of the challenge, it has to be totally finished — quilted, bound and labelled — by December 31, 2010, so I’d better get busy!  I know how I am.  😉

I finished the first block some time ago, and now I have two blocks.   Only 10 more to go!

I’m using Judy Laquidara’s pattern, Bears in the Farmhouse, which I thought was just perfect for this focus fabric, which contains many colours.   My focus fabric is “Kaleidoscope,” which was the Hoffman Challenge fabric for 1997.

I sewed a quilt top from this pattern last year as a participant in Judy’s Quilt Along but used radically different fabrics.  My version is called “Bears in the Art Museum”, as my focus fabric was based on the artwork of Paul Klee.

So, even though these two quilts will be from the same pattern, they won’t look anything alike.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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I’m back to making half-square triangles this week.  There are so many shades of colour in my focus fabric that I thought it would be nice to have a wider range of colours in my bear paws, as well.  I’m making the Bears in the Farmhouse pattern by Judy Laquidara.

Here are the additional green “claws”:

and more amethyst “claws”:

The focus fabric is the 1997 Hoffman Challenge fabric, called “Kaleidoscope.”

Later on in the pattern, I will also need some larger half-square units, so I have started making those, too, to be sure that I have enough fabric for a nice variety of fabrics in both sets.

As a result, I now have many more HSTs than I will need for one quilt, so I am thinking about making two quilts of the same pattern, at the same time.   I could keep one and give one, or we could have two matching quilts for twin beds in a guest room someday.

I hope that plan is not too ambitious…but if I have the whole year to finish, it might work out fine.

To see how others in our group are progressing, please visit their blogs listed under “Challenge Participants” in the blog roll.

Happy Quilting!

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Here’s my fabric for the “Too Good to Cut” Challenge, which starts today.  This is “Kaleidoscope,” the Hoffman Challenge Fabric from the 1997 competition.

I’ve been collecting companion fabrics for many years.

I wanted a pattern to showcase the multi-colour print of the focus fabric, with coordinating accent points, and I’ve decided that Judy Laquidara’s Bears in the Farmhouse pattern will be perfect.

I made this pattern last year, and at first I didn’t want to make the same pattern again so soon.  But…I realised that of all the patterns I looked at, it had to be this one.  It called to me, and I can visualise it finished in my mind.  Yes, this is definitely the one.

Here is the quilt top I made last year from this pattern.  My version is called “Bears in the Art Museum” because my focus fabric is a design based on the art work of Paul Klee.

When this pattern is made up in all the shades of “Kaleidoscope,” it’s going to look like a totally different quilt.    I hope it’s going to be perfect!  My hands will be shaking when I start cutting out the pieces.

If you’d like to join us, please leave a comment, and I’ll add your link to my blogroll under “Challenge Participants.”

Happy Quilting!  And most of all, Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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