Thursday, October 1, 2015

Challenge Quilt--Red & White Quilt

The UVQG challenge this year is to make a Red & White Quilt. There are no size requirements, nor design restrictions. It just has to be red and white ONLY. We can work all the different shades and hues of Red, but no other color is allowed.

I've been hemming and hawing over what to make. There are so many possibilities! This is the same problem I had last year with the "I looked out the Window" Challenge. It took me so long to settle on an idea that I ended up starting only a month before the deadline. I can't complain too much because I did end up with a quilt I absolutely love and hung in the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, MI. and it won 1st Place, Art Innovative at the Utah State Quilt Fest.

(And this year, I'm starting 1-1/2 months before the deadline instead of 1 month like last year.  Giving myself so much extra time!) -- Red & White Quilt Pattern
Babco Unlimited - Red & White Quilt in Progress

After months of searching for the "right" pattern, I finally drew up my own pattern based on a classic Carpenter's Square. I'm sure there are patterns out there, but why bother when I can just draw it up myself? And I can make sure it's how *I* want it to be.

I even took the time to figure out exactly how much fabric I needed so I knew how much to purchase. Nothing worse than running out of fabric mid-project. And as much as I love having a fabric stash, I didn't want to end up with TOO much leftover fabric. -- Red & White Quilt Pattern
Babco Unlimited - Red & White Quilt in Progress

I settled on this beautiful Kona Cotton in Chinese Red and Snow.  I am really starting to get excited about this project.

My goal for the month of October is to have all my strip sets sewn for this quilt. Yikes! I've got lots and lots of cutting and sewing ahead of me.

Linked up with Lovely Year of Finishes here.

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