I’m a huge fan of our local Modern Quilt Guild. There are plenty of challenges and swaps and bees – you can pick and chose where you’d like to “plug in” and how much you’d like to participate. Nothing is required (except dues, of course), and I am extremely satisfied with what I’ve gotten out of my membership. (An aside: I’ve been a member of a variety of organizations through the years, and I love it when I feel like my dues are more than worth it!)
Our current guild activity is a challenge involving two random fat quarters acquired through a blind draw. One fat quarter is a print, and the other is solid. The rules are that you can make anything of any size and add any amount of fabric (1) from the same color family as your solid and (2) from a single neutral.
I was REALLY excited about this challenge because the organizer, whom I’ve dubbed “the guild fairy,” contributed some awesome fat quarters to the blind draw. I decided if I got a novelty print (Heather Ross buses – YES, they were in there), I’d do a wall hanging. If I got a patterned print, I’d put it into a Flying Farfalle quilt. I’ve been wanting to make one for a while, and this seemed like a great fit for the challenge.
I drew a lovely FQ of Kaffe Fasset and lucked out with a complimenting blue. I found a little more blue from my stash and starting chopping it up into 2″-3″ strips and squares. I had some Kona Parchment already cut into 6.5″ squares from an abandoned project, and I decided they could all work together to become flit-fluttering butterflies on a lap quilt.
There’s a lot left to do before it’s completed, and I need to finish early so I can get someone to “reveal” it for me at the meeting. I’ll be back on the road, but I’m determined to stay on top of my commitments. I think that’s the best part of the guild: it helps me keep sewing a priority when life insists on getting in the way of fun!