I’m a proud member of the Pecan Valley Quilt Guild in Brunswick, MO, and back in the summer, we were issued a “Paint Chip Challenge”.
We each got to draw two paint chips at random, and then were tasked with making a quilted project using those two colors. We were allowed to add in one extra color of our choice for contrast, if we deemed it necessary.
Red Hot and Grenadine! Orange and red, so close in color they were almost the same! What to do, what to do?
I came home and pulled all the fabrics I had with those colors in them, and found a couple other pieces to purchase as well. One of the pieces had the yellow in it, so I chose that yellow as my third color to add some contrast to the piece.
Then, naturally, I let it sit all summer and didn’t do anything at all on this project.
On Saturday, I started to sew.
I finished with an hour and a half to spare, which meant that I had time to actually take a shower before heading out to guild meeting! I’m sure all my fellow guild members appreciate that part.
And best of all, I’m really happy with the quilt! I’m not sure I’d have ever made something quite like this without the challenge to make me think of it.
I did a small all-over meander with orange thread in the orange parts of the quilt, and did some freehand designs with yellow thread inside the yellow circles. It measures 53″ square, now that it’s finished.
And I hope someone else loves it as much as I do, because I’ve listed it in my Etsy shop for sale. If you’d prefer to make one for yourself in the colors of your own choosing, I’ve put the pattern for it up on my Free Patterns page HERE.
If you’ve never participated in a Paint Chip Challenge before, and you get the opportunity, I recommend that you jump at the chance (or just challenge yourself to one on your own) — it certainly makes you stretch out of your comfort zone and perhaps do something you might never do otherwise.
My sister made a challenge project, too, and I’ll be back later to show you hers.