Sunday, March 11, 2012

Guild Challenge - Story Quilts

Our guild challenge for this year is to make a second round of Storybook Quilts. You may remember in 2009 when we made these at Janie's request. Since that challenge, the project has grown up!

The Storybook Quilts went from a feature in a local newsletter to a special exhibit at the NQA Show this coming June...and will be featured on an upcoming episode of Sewing with Nancy!

The book I picked this time is Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson.  I know the whole historical issue about whether or not quilts were used by the slaves on the Underground Railroad is controversial, but I don't care.  I like the story.  I like to think that there's a seed of truth in there somewhere, even if it was just for a few slaves in one family or in one little town.  Please do not comment telling me how wrong it is because - did I mention? - I don't care.

Anyway, that's the book I picked.  The quilt in the book is a scrappy log cabin with deep blue centers.  A simple block that I have always loved, my favorite color and a terrific scrap buster - this quilt is not only relaxing and easy to work on in snippets of time but also a perfect leader-ender project.  I'm trying to turn this over-full bin of 1 1/2" strips...

...into these log cabin blocks!

I'm making some pretty good progress so far, especially considering that I've never even started a guild challenge any sooner than a month before it is due!

What are you working on?

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