Monday, September 6, 2010

beginning the challenge

OK, I started on The Challenge. And the first thing I want to say is that I hope that I haven't offended either the great Amish or great Gee's Bend quilting ladies with my effort!  Well, I got out the scissors (according to the rules, no measuring and no rotary blades) and I went to town.  The quilt that I used for my basis is a typical Amish Bars pattern, such as in the book "The World of Amish Quilts" by Rachel and Kenneth Pellman.  And the second thing I have to tell you is remember that perfect 1/4 inch seam that you pride yourself on--"fegget about it!" I mostly tried for about 1/2 inch.  And the third thing is it ain't done yet--I have to add the borders.  As far as the ironing is concerned, what you see is what you get--and it ain't pretty!  That quilt fabric stands out like a sail in a breeze. Don't know how I'll ever quilt this thing--maybe I'll tie it? I'm glad that I bought some of that orange color fabric a few weeks ago, I must have known in my heart that I needed it.  And I need to make a note to myself to buy more grey.  I bought that a couple of years ago, and it's nearly used up now. 


Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

:Looks great-keep on keeping at it !~!

QuiltSwissy said...

It does look like a sail, maybe you could call it, Boat Launch! I like it. I am sure you will continue to work it and it will become more and more beautiful!

Tonya R said...

you might not be thrilled with the end result but woohoo, you tried something new and it IS a fun quilt!