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Guild Challenge: Block of the Month 2013

My quilt guild does annual challenges of various sorts.  In years past they’ve done star challenges & design your own stay at home round robins.

This year we chose to do a block of the month that would be taught by a guild member & we would somehow to have to incorporate our focus fabric.  We chose the dark peacock print from Kate Spain’s Cuzco line.

This was our 1st block, Lizard Ridge:

Notice how um, bright it is?  Yeah, surprised me too!  Wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, but it has grown on me overtime.

Our 2nd block was Beacon Light & I tried to go more subtle:

& yeah, I hate it.  Thought I would come to like it, but no.  It’s going to have to be redone.

The 3rd block was Next Door Neighbor:

Now this I like, but I’m not in love with it.

The 4th block was Crown & Star:

As hard as it is to work with these bright of fabrics, I really like this block.

The 5th block was X Quartet:

I like how I used the focus fabric in this block, but the green & pink make me think of watermelons every time I look at it!

The 6th block was Eagle’s Nest:

Now while I’m not a fan of pink or purple or how I used the focus fabric- I really like this block!

Here they are all together:

Not so bad all together, but that Beacon Light is going to be have to be redone ASAP!  It stands out like a nasty sore thumb!

Even though I hem & haw every month over this project, it’s doing what it’s supposed to do- push me beyond my comfort zone.  Not only am I making blocks I wouldn’t typically sew, I’m working with a completely unfamiliar color palate that requires me to look at blocks in a new way.

So while this may not be my favorite quilt (so far, who knows how it will look in the end), this quilt is my challenge to see the ordinary in a new way.  To look at lights & imagine a dark; to change to position of a focus fabric.  And really- if I start to look at blocks this way, I wonder how I will start to see other traditional things in my life.