|2019 Choo Choo Challenge Reveal at the November guild meeting.|
What makes a popular Challenge?
The guidelines this year were similar to past Challenges, so what made the 2019 Batik Guild Challenge so enticing and popular? Was it:
- the use of batik fabrics?
- the color palette?
- that fabrics were provided at the Challenge's commencement?
- no size limitation?
- a broad ranging project category?
... or maybe the planets aligned, the fabric goddesses were smiling, and our quilting muses were working overtime. Who knows! Take a look at the 15 creative entries from our guild's talented members and tell us what you think made this year's Challenge so popular.
2019 Challenge entries
Deb decided HST [half square triangles] would be perfect for the multi-sized collection of batiks she received. She paired the blue/green color palette with a white background for her table runner. The geometric zigzag design is striking.
|Table runner by Deb.|
|Strip technique pillow by Kim.|
|Woven and fused quilt by Joanna.|
|Detail of weaving and quilting.|
Betty combined the Challenge fabrics she received with a bundle of Alaskan-themed batiks from her stash. This runner was hand quilted and a lovely remembrance of a trip to Alaska.
|Left: Betty's runner. Right: detail of hand quilting.|
Martha found a pattern for making a graduated bargello-style pieced quilt. She added fish appliques to complete her composition (and because she likes fish).
|An underwater scene by Martha.|
The curved piping strips provide a beautiful contrast and movement to the wedge shaped patchwork on Sherry's bag entry. Sherry included additional fabrics, a zipper closure and a label that also served as the inside pocket for this shoulder bag.
|Zippered shoulder bag by Sherry.|
Cheryel found a Cathedral Window pattern in a Block quilting magazine as her inspiration for this piece. As the often-used "white fabric" for traditional Cathedral Windows did not appeal to Cheryel, the colorful batiks were a welcome option.
|Batik Cathedral Window by Cheryel.|
|Detail: Cheryel's decorative stitches.|
"Batik Divided" is Delores's response to the guild Challenge. She took the classic Bull's Eye block and cut and rearranged the pieces to make this barn raising layout. This piece is raw edge appliqued and also has a dimensional flange inner border.
|"Batik Divided" by Delores.|
Garie took another path and made an apron with her Challenge batiks. The five star motifs were foundation paper pieced.
|Paper-pieced apron by Garie. 3rd Place.|
|Apron pocket detail.|
Linda found a black/white drawing of macaws on the internet for the basis for her wall piece. She used fusible applique to create the birds and overcame a few obstacles (a melted piece of netting, for one) during the process. The finished piece was stitch-mounted to a heavy-weight mat board for a professional presentation.
|Fused applique quilt by Linda. 1st Place.|
Some quilts seem to "light up" when you see them. This one did—literally. Veronica stitched soft circuits into her woven and quilted piece, called "A Light Touch." She added LEDs and electronic "soft switches" to the appliqued circle motifs.
|"A Light Touch" by Veronica.|
|LEDs were activated with the push of a button.|
Cristy ventured into free-motion thread play for her floral-inspired wall hanging. She started with black thread over the colored appliques and then incorporated colored and variegated threads.
|A study in thread sketching by Cristy. 2nd place.|
|Thread sketching detail.|
Another HST table runner was made by Vista. Colored strips in warm colors accent the cool blue and turquoise color palette.
|Table runner by Vista.|
Theresa added a creamy white fabric to complement the blue and green batiks (a favorite color scheme of hers) for her quilt. Theresa used nearly all of the provided fabrics and the quarter log cabin block makes quite a graphic statement.
|Log Cabin variation by Theresa.|
The last quilt entry is this strippy quilt made by Ginny. Additional fabrics were incorporated into this lap-sized quilt. She strip pieced the blocks as well as the appliqued circles.
|Fun with circles and stripes by Ginny|
|Decorative stitching detail.|