I belong to the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild in Kirksville, Missouri, and every year, we issue a challenge to our members. We have some really fun challenges!
This past year, my friend, Andrea, and I were in charge of the challenge. Andrea said she’d been wanting to do a Log Cabin, so that’s what we did. To make it a bit more challenging, we specified that the center square of all the Log Cabin blocks had to be the color of your birthstone (along with a few other rules about size, etc.)
We got 19 entries in the challenge! They were all pretty fabulous, and eventually, there will be photos of all of them on our guild website HERE, if you’d like to see them all.
For now, I’ll show you the quilt I made for the challenge. My birthstone is peridot, for August. I looked it up, and it said it was a bright olive-y green, even tho I have a ring that has really light green stones in it — so there are varying shades of peridot, but I went with the olive-y green for my centers.
I’m on a mission to make lots of large quilts out of lots of tiny pieces, so this is just another accomplishment in that direction for me, even tho this one only measures 48 inches square.
Here’s my quilt:
And here are a few close-ups:
I quilted it with swirls and feathers in the light half . . .
. . . and straight lines in the green half. My little Log Cabin blocks finish at 4 inches square.
I used my center square fabric as my binding, too. It’s a Moda Weave — one of their basics.
I even put some greens from my stash on the back side.
I did not win any prizes in the challenge, but with so many other quality entries, I didn’t expect to. My quilt will hang in our guild challenge category at our quilt show next year.
And now I can move on to making the next really large quilt out of really tiny pieces! Oh, yes, I DO have it started!