|2017 Choo Choo Challenge winners (from left): Garie McClelland—1st Place;|
Cristy Clark—4th Place; Dawn Johnson—2nd Place; Sherry Baldwin—3rd Place.
Explaining the process
We got an insight into each participant's processes as they explained the techniques and tools used to create the pieced borders and the "Make it Work" approaches they took to "fit" pieced borders into the design of their tops.
Sherry (3rd Place winner) used a printed round medallion she got in Montana as her starting point. For the outside border, Sherry used a specialty ruler to create the patchwork blocks.
|Sherry Baldwin won 3rd Place with her 2017 Medallion Challenge quilt.|
|The center was from a printed panel. The circular motif was echoed in the quilting.|
The light fabric on the back shows off Sherry's machine quilting.
|The quilt back shows the quilting designs.|
|Ginny Minninger with her 2017 Challenge quilt|
titled, "When Life takes a U-Turn, You Turn."
|Detail of Ginny's quilt.|
|Dawn Johnson won 2nd Place with her 2017 Challenge quilt.|
|Detail for each of the pieced borders.|
|Pieced back of fabric scraps and leftover blocks.|
|Martha Griffin with her Medallion Challenge quilt.|
|A zigzag inner border and a third border with small triangles.|
|Theresa Kitchell and her 2017 Challenge quilt.|
|Detail of the borders on Theresa's quilt.|
|Garie McClelland won 1st Place with her "All About Reindeer" quilt.|
|Fused appliqué reindeer was outlined with a buttonhole stitch.|
|Pieced borders in Garie's reindeer quilt.|
|A pieced backing.|
|Cristy Clark won 4th Place with her 2017 Challenge quilt.|
|Detail of the free-motion quilting with variegated thread.|
Vista chose a fabric variety of small prints with a color palette that coordinated with her medallion of vintage hankies.
|Vista with her hankie Medallion Challenge quilt.|
|Detail of vintage hankie center.|
|Kim Huston and her 2017 Medallion Challenge quilt.|
|Detail of pieced borders and one of the quilt blocks.|
|Back of the quilt shows the dense quilting.|