Posts Tagged ‘"Too Good to Cut" Challenge’

Amy, of Amy’s Passions blogsite!

You can see her beautiful finished quilt here, along with a step-by-step account of how she did the challenge, and a lovely story about the quilt’s ultimate destination as a retirement gift for her friend.  Well done, Amy!  🙂  You will receive the top prize of a £15 gift certificate.

Pokey of Pokeydot quilting also finished her fantastic hexagon quilt,  which was given away as a 50th anniversary gift.  Pokey didn’t want to enter the prize drawing, but I think she’s a winner anyway, with her fine quilting skills.

I especially like it that both of these ladies used their cherished “best” fabrics for this challenge, and then gave the quilts away.   What a loving, selfless thing to do, and those gifts will surely become cherished family heirlooms.

Other participants made good progress during the year as well, but for one reason or another — like me — weren’t able to finish their projects in 2010.  Not to worry, though — we can finish our quilts later.  Our UFO’s will wait for us.  They always do!  😉

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It’s time to wrap-up our “Too Good to Cut” Challenge.

Has everyone finished their quilts?  Please don’t feel guilty if you haven’t because I haven’t finished my quilt, either.

If you followed the original guidelines posted last January and would like to be entered in the prize draw on January 1, 2011, please leave a comment with a link to your blog showing a photo of your finished quilt.  Or you can send me a photo, and I will post it here.  Participants’ links are listed in my blog roll.

I live in England, so the deadline for submitting photos is 12 midnight GMT on Friday, December 31, 2010.  Here is a link to a World Clock to show you what time that will be at your location.  Just enter “London” in the search box.

Prizes will be gift certificates, and the winners can specify where they want their gift certificates to come from (favourite quilt shop, Amazon, etc.), as long as it’s a company that will accept my international online payment to purchase it.

The gift certificates will be:

  • First prize –£15,
  • Second prize — £10, and
  • Third prize — £5

Those amounts are in British Pounds Sterling and will be converted to the appropriate currency for the winner, so be sure to let me know what country you live in and what currency you use.

The winners will be chosen by random drawing of names from a hat.

Good luck, everyone!  I’m looking forward to seeing your finished work!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

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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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It seems like ages since I last worked on this quilt.

We had a two-week family holiday at Easter-time, and last week I had to catch up on real life.  This week I’ve been in a baking frenzy because I found this wonderful blog, Confections of a (Closet) Master Baker, and I just had to try out some of the gorgeous free recipes.   Yum!

Anyway — back to quilting!  It’s time to get serious about this baby.  I’ve laid out all the pieces, trying to remember where I was when I stopped.

Thank goodness I have a print-out of the instructions so I can mark off the steps I have completed.  I should have thought of this the first time around, but — live and learn.  Someday I will be truly organised.

Next week I’ll have something worthwhile to show for my efforts!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

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With the Easter holidays, my young child out of school for a two-week Spring break, and plans to visit with various family members, I’m not going to have very much time for sewing in the next couple of weeks.

It seems like a good time to take a little break from the “Too Good to Cut” challenge and updates.  Probably everyone else would like a little rest, too!

Don’t worry — I will be back, and then we’ll all finish our challenge quilts together!  In the meantime, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and Happy Quilting!

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Here’s the first block finished!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

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It was another week with very little time for sewing.  When I did get a chance to sew, I was totally obsessed with my pink UFO Makeover quilt and only sewed on that.

I did look through the basket with my Challenge fabrics and bits of blocks but didn’t feel inspired to work on that quilt right now.   I guess it really is turning out to be a bit of a challenge!  😉

Happy Quilting!

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My daughter’s school celebrated Book Week this week in conjunction with World Book Day on March 4, and one day, the students were allowed to dress as characters from their favourite books instead of wearing their usual school uniforms.

My young daughter recently had an opportunity to meet the author John Malam, and she received an autographed copy of his book, 100 Things You Should Know About Mummies. She is fascinated with Ancient Egyptians and archaeology, so she was inspired by this book to dress up as a mummy.

I made her costume by sewing strips (and strips and strips!) of muslin onto a set of pyjamas.  Her hat/mask was supposed to look like a pyramid, but it came out looking like a ghost instead!  But she was happy, and that’s what counts.  🙂

Next week I will be seriously sewing on my “Too Good to Cut” challenge quilt.  I’m starting to feel left behind by the other Challenge participants, some of whom are practically finished with their quilt tops now!  Well done, everyone, and thank you for the inspiration!  To check on their progress, please visit them by following the links under “Challenge Participants” in my blog roll.

Happy Quilting!

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This week I spent every bit of my sewing time working on the birthday quilt, and I’m very pleased that it was done on time.  But I was very tired when I finished it and needed to take a break from sewing today.  I haven’t sewed on my “Too Good to Cut” Challenge quilt at all.

I did think about it, though, and decided on this green fabric for sashings.   The close runner-up is a dark amethyst, but the green looks very calm and soothing to me, and it brings out all the different shades of green in the focus fabric.  It just looks “more right” than the other fabric.

Next week I’ll have more progress to show!  I hope everyone else is doing well and having fun with their projects.

Happy Quilting!

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This week I started attaching the little claws onto the Bear Paws.  Here are the first two:

The pattern I am using is “Bears in the Farmhouse” by Judy Laquidara.  The focus fabric is the 1997 Hoffman Challenge Fabric, called “Kaleidoscope.”

To follow the progress of other quilters sewing along on this Challenge, please visit their links listed under “Challenge Participants” in my blogroll.

Happy Quilting!

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