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Sunday, September 23, 2012

DWM: Challenge quilt

This year's guild challenge is "Tradition with a Twist."  The original block must be recognizable on the front of the quilt among the twisted version.   Maximum perimeter is 144".  My interpretation was just a wisp of a thought until late last week.  Since Saturday morning was taken up by the first session of the Zion-Benton Leadership Academy (which I am co-coordinating), the afternoon by a wedding, and the evening by the reception (for which occasion I made the second quilt shown here) that meant I spent Friday evening and a good part of Sunday in my studio. 

When I worked on the "disappearing" blocks for the guild's schoolhouse demonstration night in June I discovered that 3" nine-patches "disappear" nicely.  Just about any block looks terrific in batiks.  I combined both ideas.  I tried to keep the batik squares subtle. The nine-in-nine patch design should be evident at second glance.  It's just under 36 x 36.

(A couple of the blocks are oriented incorrectly, which I discovered after the quilt was assembled and basted.  I declare that a design element!)

The challenge reveal is October 3.

See what other quiltmakers have been working on at Judy's Patchwork Times .


  1. Oh, so pretty! I love batiks (never quite understand why everyone doesn't), and the nine-in-nine works great with them!

  2. Splendid! I only wish you will show a close-up photo of that sumptuous border fabric. It is just perfect!

  3. Love those Batiks... They really look nice together. I like how one or two of the light fabric is brighter and give a punch to the quilt. Nicely done!

  4. LOVE this, kind of color play and all..great job and great fun!

  5. Lovely! You're right, batiks play well together. It's very interesting.


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