Challenge piece

RYQG challenge

The fabric to be used in this challenge……. is beautiful “Strokes of Brillance” by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

Thanks to Patti Carey of Northcott for the contribution to our guild.


This time I have managed to take photo of each stage.

My pattern for this challenge piece came from Savor Every Stitch.  Liz is an software engineer who designed a neat little program for using HST.  It is called Haphazard.

The program lets you choose your block size, the number of block needed for the quilt, you can choose up to 10 foreground colours and up to 10 background colours, and the ratio between large and small HST.   Now, that’s a lot of choices.

haphazard_pattern challenge colours (11)


After you have made your choices you click a button and a design is generated.  PLUS it tells you how many HST you need of each size broken down by colour combinations.  Now, that is neat!  If you like the design you are able to save it.  I saved 32 versions until I found “The One” I was going to use.  I think it has a good balance of all 5 colours.





The smallest HST Liz has in the program is 2″.  I needed to make some alteration because my challenge piece can be no larger than 18″ x 24″, therefore, I needed to make 41 large 2″ HST and 160 1″ HST.  The black I have changed to my print fabric. I started with 1/4 meter of 5 fabrics.  I used all the printed fabric and about half of the other 4 fabrics.

When I saw that number I wondered if I was crazy for choosing this pattern. I thought it would take me forever to make 201 HST.   But again,  a search on Pinterest produced a chart for making 8 HST at the same time.  The chart and sewing instructions can be found here,  In no time at all I had all 201 HST made.  Not exactly sure how many hours it took because I still need breaks for my naps.

challenge step 1

The next step was pressing all these HST…. do you know how long it takes to press open tiny seams when your fingers aren’t co-operating.  This step was great fine motor control therapy for my fingers.  I know it would have been faster and easier to press to one side, but I prefer my seams pressed open.  Just a little tip I learned at a workshop with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr from the  Modern Quilt Studio.


Joining the blocks into rows is the next step.  This steps shows how accurate you were when cutting the original squares, sewing the 1/4″ diagonal lines, trimming and pressing..  When you are working with 1″ squares there isn’t much room for easing to make the seams match.  Must say, I wasn’t as accurate as I thought I had been.  There was quite a bit of picking out, trimming and redoing.  I tend to made all my seams a scant 1/4″ and with such little blocks, that really makes a difference across a row.

How has the time flown by soooooooooooo quickly?

I’m half way finished, but I’ve missed the 27th Feb deadline for entries.  I knew that was always the probability, but I challenged myself anyway.

challenge 4

BUT, I’m not defeated.  I’m going to finish anyway.  I sure would like to send Liz a picture of my finished piece using her design package.

Stay tuned……

Guild Challenge

RYQG challenge

Aren’t these beautiful fabrics?  Doesn’t your mind get filled with ideas of how to use them?

Our guild is having a quilt show in early April and there is always a challenge for the members to participate in for the show.  I’ve had this fabric since May of last year.  I’ve always known what I wanted to make, but life truly did get in the way.

Of course, there are rules about what you must and must not do.

  •  Rule #1 – hand in finished challenge piece at the Feb meeting.  (Feb 27th).                                           Nothing like leaving things to the last minute.  I think I can get it completed.
  • Rule #2  – must not be larger than 18″ x 24″.                                                                                                    So little time, so a little project is good.  
  • Rule #3  – new fabrics may be included, but all the original fabrics must be easily visible in the challenge piece.                                                                                                                                               The original colours were the print with the purple and orange.  I’ve added the blue and green.
  • Work to your strengths and imagination.
  • Have fun.

Now, what pattern am I going to use you ask?   I can’t tell you because all the entries must remain anonymous until the voting is finished (at March meeting).  What I can tell you is that I found this little pattern gem on a blog belonging to a fellow participate of the 2018 New Bloggers Blop Hop that was hosted last May.  That person is Liz who blogs at this cool savoreverystitch.

Can you guess which one it is?   I’ll  post a  picture of my hopefully completed challenge entry in March.    Til then, happy quilting.




I’m glad to be back

It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged and truth be told, I was so sick I didn’t miss blogging, I didn’t miss my longarm or domestic machines, and I didn’t miss fabric.  For someone who did all of those things daily, that’s quite an admission.  Although, towards the end of my hospital stay, I did do a bit of hand piecing.  It was a UFO project from a couple of years ago.



The pattern is called Chain Link by ivan and lucy .  My copy of the pattern is back from 2014.  I couldn’t find it on their blog, but they do have the pattern in their esty shop.



The new year saw me gaining my strength back daily.  I now feel like my old self.  I attended my first guild meeting.  I even did blocks for our BOM draw.  Because of a low turnout due to bad weather, the draw for Jan will take place at Feb meeting…… Sure would like to win these.  It’s a great way to use up your scraps.

RYGC BOM Jan      RYGC BOM Jan draw


I sewed a dog bed up on my domestic and gathered up 2 green bags of fabric and batting scraps to use as filling,

I sewed the chain blocks together,20190201_163954

This will be a modern asymetrical layout.  White on both sides.  I plan to quilt the chain design in the great amount of negative space I will have.

And I finished off that charity quilt that got left on my longarm back in early July  ( 3 bleeps ) with half a row to go.

In July my machine needed to be sent to Utah for an upgrade. She came back in September. Due to my health I wasn’t able to have her installed properly in the home until the first of January. 6 months is a long time to be away from quilting.   I’m certainly rusty with my technique, but I know I will improve as I get more quilts done.

Hopefully I’m back to posting more regularly.