My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Red and White Quilt Challenge


Earlier this year I decided to commit myself to the SewCalGal 'A Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges'. The year started with an EQ (Electric Quilt) Bloghop which I took part in. After having no idea where to start with that post, I had a lot of fun with the Serendipity function and the coolest discovery was transforming this Bear's Paw block —

to this — (Serendipity>Kaleidoscope) —
Then in March there was the Design it! Challenge. I decided to play with EQ7 again and came up with several ideas I thought would look great as a quilt. This was my favourite —

At our annual retreat in May I started sewing up this quilt, and made another major EQ7 learning....look at the block below, the way I put the chains together while designing meant that the centre of this block was rather stupid.... 4 small squares joined together to make one big one - duh! I've always known that you cant just design off EQ7, you also need a working and practical knowledge of quilting and how blocks go together. Back to the drawing board and replacing that tedious centre of the block with one simple square!
 Fast forward a few months and all of a sudden the deadline for entering the SewCalGal Make It challenge was rapidly approaching..time to get busy and concentrate on a little red and white sewing!
First this emerged —
Then this —
 This area is foundation paper pieced. Rather daunting at first but broken down into all its parts it wasn't so bad! (Hehe, when I opened up this block to play with it, EQ7 took great delight in telling me something like Serendipity blocks are not really designed to be sewn and played with. I ignored the warning, so pleased I did!)
Put them together and below we have the result - Choice!! I must admit I raced home from work this afternoon to do the last few seams.... and it still needs a jolly good press, some de-threading, some papers removed and the odd seam resewn (whew) but yaay, I'm pleased to have got to this stage.
And I'm in time to link up with the SewCalGal Make It! Challenge... with an hour or so to spare! Go *here* if you want to see what others have made. It didn't have to be our own design and thank goodness unquilted tops are permitted!
EDIT - I'm also linking up with SewCalGal's Show It! Made It! Designed It! Challenge. To see more original designs go *here* and scroll down a little.
Thanks for reading along and letting me share my quilt (top). It feels great to be able to do that!
Happy creating,

50 comments:

margaret said...

your skills are amazing all a bit beyond me the EQ7 but it certainly allows you to make the most amazing quilts. Expect it is getting nice and warm for you now, we are still enjoying warm weather but no doubt it will not last long

Kerryn said...

Well done you ... catch your breath now, before moving on to the next challenge.
PS Lovely corners!!

marina said...

wow your top is amazing!!!
glad you didn't listen to /EQ7 telling you it couldn't be done
very well done!

Susan said...

Gorgeous! What's not to love about such a stunning red and white quilt?

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
what a beautiful Quilt-TOP!!! Just lovely. It´s traditional, classic, but also very fresh. I like it very much!!!
Enjoy it (I always do, when a TOP is completed).
Many hugs
sigisart

Leeanne said...

*L*O*V*E*.........stunning work!

antique quilter said...

the quilt is amazing I just love it! good for you to keep going with it and following thru to make this quilt, I am still learning eq7 for the mac now , its not as easy and direct as I thought it would be!
Kathie

shez said...

wow Raewyn its gorgeous.xx

jill said...

Holy Smokes Raewyn, that is a beautiful quilt top. Just the fact that you attempted the center part blows me away.
blessings, jill

Terry said...

It's beautiful! :0)

Barbara said...

Great work Raewyn. I love your design and the completed quilt top

Karen said...

This is stunning. And such a lot of work.
Love the centre and admire your patience in making it.
And of course i love red and white.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Raewyn.....this is one stunning quilt. Nothing the a stark 2 color quilt!!!

Maureen said...

Gorgeous! If there is a prize, I hope you win!

Marjorie said...

Looks fantastic! I like it as much as when I borrowed and messed up that center block ;)

Doniene said...

Absolutely wonderful!!! I think two color quilts are some of favorite and this one is right at the top of the list!! What a great accomplishment - I know you work best under pressure of a deadline!! LOL

Hugs from Texas!

canuckquilter said...

Oh wow Raewyn! This is absolutely stunning!

Anthea said...

Whooopppeeee! it looks just amazing Raewyn... you really met your challenge with flair... Congrats, I'm so pleased for you...

Janet O. said...

Take a well-deserved bow, girl! This is so beautiful. That center block just shines and the chains provide a wonderful framework. I love the bear paw blocks in the corner in homage to the origins of the center. Serendipity happens, even if EQ thinks it can't! : )

Jennifer said...

Just beautiful! Love how your serendipity block has bear paws in it and then that gets echoed in corner blocks!

Connie said...

Beautiful . . . I love red and white quilts and your's is amazing!

Sheila said...

Simply stunning Raewyn , wow , I am amazed at your talents !

Jeanneke said...

Beautiful!!
You are an amazingly talented lady, Raewyn.
Cheers!

Jeanneke.

Gretchen Weaver said...

So very pretty, love it!

Leonie said...

Wow, it's stunning! absolutely striking in all the right ways - beautiful work Raewyn :)

Michelle said...

Amazing Raewyn, it is just gorgeous! You are very talented! I love it, couldn't tackle anything like that myself.
Michelle

Fiona said...

it's stunning Raewyn... beautiful...
Hugz

Sharon @ OSEWDIVINE said...

Fabulous raewyn , you have made an amazing job of this just love the centre good on you for keeping going love to see it when it's quilted

Julie said...

Its stunning Raewyn, & my favourite colours too :-) You have done a fantastic job of it, do post when its all finished.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your quilt is stunning!

Noela said...

Congratulations Raewyn, your work is fantastic. Hugs.....

Kerry said...

Knew you would get it done!!! Good on you and the corners are lovely.......xxx
P.S hope you got some dinner

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Fabulous Raewyn. I have been thinking about getting and trying EQ7. Very interesting to hear how you use this and to hear of some tips and pit falls of course.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Wow Raewyn, you are so clever, your quilt block is gorgeous. I am in awe that you designed it yourself!!

Rose Marie said...

.Oh my .... your quilt is truly amazing! I will have to try out that feature on EQ7

Jean said...

I love the center and the criss crossing really shows it off.

Mary said...

It's just Beautiful! I've not tried the Serendipity function in EQ. You did a great job with it. How will you quilt it now???

KaHolly said...

Oh, my goodness!! Your red and white quilt is absolutely stunning!! I think, perhaps, you should stand up and take a bow!!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Wow! That's quite a transformation from the bear paw--stunning!

Elaine said...

Wow this is stunning! I love red and white quilts

Sheri said...

Thanks for showing your design process-- it's amazing that the bear paw turned into that fabulous star block!!! Beautiful!

Farm Gate Creations said...

Amazing...Your quilt looks stunning. I should really look into the EQ7

sunny said...

Wow - I missed this while I was on vacation. It's beautiful! job well done, my friend.

Kearstie Grenier said...

This is a lovely quilt, and I really appreciate the way you described the design process as well. Well done!

Charlotte Scott said...

So, so gorgeous! I love red and white quilts and this one is another one that fuels my thoughts on making one ...... one day. Love the centre. and your thoughts on EQ7 are interesting and make sense.

Carrie P. said...

It is just wonderful!

Sharon said...

This is an amazing quilt! You did a stunning job, and the red and white contrast really shows off all that piecing you did. Beautiful! I'm voting for this quilt in SoCalGal's challenge!

Brandy Pettit said...

This is such a beautiful quilt, I'm so glad I came across it! Good luck in the challenge!
~Brandy
pamperedpettit.blogspot.com

Joan said...

Beautiful quilt Raewyn...took me a long time to get here I know..but glad I have...your design is amazing..fantastic work..hope to catch you some time

Lara B. said...

This quilt design is brilliant and it turned out so beautiful Raewyn! Love, love, love it!