You may remember those funny little grey and cream quarter square triangles I was so proud of the other day - and the brown butterflies I'd appliqued a while ago. They are part of this years internet challenge I'm involved in where you do a round robin without actually passing on the piece of work - namely you work on your own each month but to a prescribed set of instructions. We called it an 'Ostrich' challenge as it is a bird like a round robin but as it never leaves you it doesn't fly - and you do have the option to 'put your head in the sand' for one round only and not participate if you so desire. Everyone was expected to post a photo each month to show their progress before they received the next month's instructions
The picture shows my completed top from the same challenge last year. The real challenge is to sandwich and quilt it - mainly the sandwiching because finding somewhere large enough to spread it out will be the major challenge as it is about 90" square.
Added to this it is our group's quilt show on the 5th and 6th August and I have sort of promised it will be completed in time - if not there will be a big hole in one area of the show
Therefore I ought to stop faffing about with letters and bullseyes and concentrate on working on this.
The centre celtic knotwork was a sample for a demo at my old quilt group in Gloucester before we moved - you could use anything you liked for the centre so I went with that. The rest of the rounds are all as instructed but interpreted in our own way - nine patch or log cabin - curves - flying geese or other birds - applique - stripes - hst's - and finally friendship stars.
As I've always wanted to make a quilt for our bedroom but had never been able to come up with any ideas I used this challenge for that purpose and the colours of navy, lilac, lavender and crushed raspberries match my bedding
It would be nice to take my time and quilt it all to match the patterns but I just don't do that sort of quilting, particularly not to a deadline so IF and it's a big IF I do get it sandwiched it will be quilted at random all over
It's difficult to see but there is loads of applique all over it, even in the rounds you'd think there wouldn't be - but I am an applique kind of girl and I loved stitching all those circles on it
Maybe tomorrow I'll dig out some of the work-in-progress photos I took along the way so you can see it in greater detail