Three blog buddies and I have been wracking our brains to come up with a quilt challenge we could do together and this is what we've come up with. OKPerisplace (Perry), Sister's Choice Quilts (Nicole) and Too Much Fabric So Little Time (Cindy) are my partners in crime, and the Blended Quilts series of books by Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Yenter (sadly, these books are all out of print) provide the inspiration for our challenge. Pictured here are the fabrics I plan to use in the creation of my quilt.
I have previously made one blended quilt, shown here. This is the Chintz Variable Star from the first Blended Quilts book. It was completely out of my comfort zone as I was not a floral person when I made this one, but a trip to the now sadly defunct In the Beginning shop in Seattle provided these beautiful purple and gold floral Japanese fabrics from Yuwa that go together so well. The border is a very soft, lightweight corduroy fabric, and I really like the different textures in this quilt.
The pattern I've chosen for the challenge is Arabella from the Blended Wall Quilts book. Perry made one and it is drop-dead gorgeous. If mine turns out half as pretty as hers, I will be a happy girl. This time I will have my work cut out for me, I'm afraid, as there is no real theme to these fabrics. I thought I was heading for something dark and elegant, but looking again at my array of fabrics proves that they are all pretty much the same tone with just a few true darks, so it will be interesting to see if this works! I already see a couple fabrics that stick out like sore thumbs....
Our challenge will end on January 31. We will post weekly on Mondays beginning December 10. Please stop by again to check on our progress!