Fabric Challenge

Been working on Karen Musgrave’s vintage fabric challenge. I’ve had a few projects in between the last time I worked on it and now, but I think it’s finally finished. We were supposed to use this fabric and work in the style of Rayna Gillman’s new book, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts. That part was easy, since that’s how I work anyway. Well, you all know that I am a rule-breaker, but I really did start out being good!

   The only alteration to the fabric I made was to give some of it a little bleach bath, and then I started making strips.


When I compared my strips to what I saw in Rayna’s book, I felt that she works with much smaller pieces than I do. It’s hard to get a true perspective when you don’t see the actual pieces, even if the finished measurements are given. My strips just felt chunky, so I kept cutting and re-sewing some of the fat pieces until I got a strip set I liked.

I didn’t get very far along when I had the impression that the fabric, even in it’s original state, just wanted to become flowers in a garden…so that’s what I made!

Free form flowers, fused to a background of strips with dark top and bottom borders. No side borders–that felt too confining, but a little bit of funky at the bottom. Not quilted, yet, but I have the hardest part, the design part, done. The piece is quite small, but it feels like the perfect size to tell it’s own story.

I don’t usually show pictures that aren’t properly lit, but I was just taken with the way the sun was shining on this one.

Thanks for the challenge, Karen. I have a small box of assorted vintage fabric pieces that I ‘inherited’ but none are as challenging as what you shared with us! This was lots of fun.

And here’s a little additional challenge info…when I got this ready to quilt, I put it back up on the design wall for a few minutes. I was clearing off a few things from my cutting table and found some organdy that I had dyed. On a whim, I put it up on the board with this piece and now I want to put a lime green organdy ruffle around the outside edge and quilt leaves with neon green thread!  Am I crazy?