Once upon a time…there were four quilt friends, from both coasts of the U.S….Lori (Humble Quilts), Barb (Fun With Barb), Jill (no blog) and from England…Sue (I Sew Quilts UK), who decided to meet up at the Vermont Quilt Festival in late June 2012.
When Lori, Jill and Sue were in the Yankee Doodle (actually Yankee Pride…lol) quilt shop in Essex Junction, they decided to pick out a yard of fabric and split it four ways for a challenge.
The consensus was that it should be a green fabric, in honor of the Green Mountain State. We saw a nice green fabric with sheep, which was very “Vermont” looking and also reminiscent of Sue’s Cotswolds, but alas, there was not enough of it. After much consternation we settled on a green fabric by our designer friend, Mary Koval.
Sue had proposed a lovely dinner at the New England Culinary Institute to celebrate both Lori and Barb’s jubilee birthdays, and thus launched the challenge.
As much as I like all fabric, I found it extremely difficult to put colors with it. I wasted evening after evening, just starring blankly…lol…at the challenge fabric and at my stash shelves. I wanted to “spark” the sort of browned out colors and I tried chartreuse (ick!), magenta (awful)…nothing seemed to work for me.
So…I decided to try to spark it with pattern, instead of color, and added the zig zag sashing for a little motion to the composition.
My inspiration for my quilt is the symbolism of the four patch in the center of each star (for the four of us quilt buddies)…then four stars (for the four of us). That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Happy New Year Everyone…and my wish is for all of us to have many happy hours in our sewing rooms in 2013!
I would say Jill met the challenge! It's a lovely quilt!!
I started my challenge quilt once thinking I'd make a strippy quilt. It was AWFUL!! Terrible- worse than awful!! So I decided to take the same fabric I'd chosen for the strippy and make a little string quilt. It's a bit liberated, but it is just the way I like it.
I love the friendship of a challenge, but not the actual challenge!!
Happy New Year!