State Fair Sewing Challenge Quilt

Rarely do I finish a challenge quilt on time or really follow through.  It’s my fear of being judged and really questioning myself.  Well, my confidence is up and I personally think this may be one of my best quilts yet.

The French Seam is one of newer fabric stores in Indianapolis.  Courtney the owner has great taste in fabrics and specializes in apparel fabric but also carries modern quilting cottons.  Since opening she has hosted quarterly sewing challenges.  I bought the fabric for one and I’m yet to cut into it.

This spring/summer was a competition to be shown in the Indiana State Fair going on in early August.  I have time for that.  I had stopped in once to just look at the fabrics and decide if I was going to make the commitment.  These are the fabrics I decided on, they complimented what I had in my stash.

aqua and a lime green
aqua and a lime green

Throughout July I played around with fabrics to incorporate into this quilt.  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you had a chance to see them.  Gray ended up being the center fabric I chose to build my blocks around.  My original idea was more of a diamond.  On my way to purchase the fabrics, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” was playing.  Great inspiration.

state fair quilt blockDuring our July Indy Modern Quilt Guild meeting I got some feedback from my sewing friends.  None of our members have ever won the sewing challenges, though many have entered.  Pretty sure I’m the only member that jumped into this one.

state fair quilt at imqg meetingCouldn’t decide between gray and white to float this strip of blocks.  White was the consensus choice.  Modern but not too overboard.

Here is the finished quilt.  As I said early this may be my best yet.  I’m in love with it.  Later this week I’ll fill you in on where the quilt is going after the fair.

state fair sewing challenge quiltstate fair sewing challenge quiltThe quilting is done in a gray thread and a diamond pattern spaced out 1.5 inches.  I got to use the diamond inspiration without setting the blocks on point.  I freaked out when I tried to figure out who to do it correctly.  Scrapped the idea.  I wanted something that I could do well and feel good about.

state fair sewing challenge bindingTomorrow it will be submitted and I’ll know how I did.  Either way this quilt is a win for me.