Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Habitat Challenge Revealed

We had our big reveal on Thursday for our Habitat fabric challenge at the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.  The first part of the challenge was to make a 12-1/2" block using some Habitat fabrics designed by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit fabrics. This is my block and it'll go into a charity quilt with other blocks from the guild members.

These were the fabrics we started with.  We all received 6 fat eighths from the collection that Free Spirit donated for the cause.  They were quite diverse, and interesting to work with because they are not what I would normally pick for a project, although I did like all the dots...and hey it's free fabric right!

The second part of the challenge after we made our block, was to use the remaining fabrics and make a project of our choosing.  I added a bit of Kona Bone and purple, and here is the little quilt I made :)

It's basically my Chutes & Ladders quilt design, only made smaller.  I used the leftover fabrics in scrappy strips to accent the sashing bars and to create a scrappy binding.  Then I quilted it with circles in multiple sizes. 

I even used up more scraps of the challenge fabrics on the back :)

And since it was a challenge, and I was challenging myself to use up all of this free fabric, this is a pincushion that I made out of the cut away center of the circle that I appliqued on my block and offered up as a little door prize at the meeting.  I literally only had a few strings left of the free fabric when all was said and done...Challenge complete :)

You can check out more Habitat Challenge projects at this Flickr Group ~ they are all so diverse!

PS ~ Stay tuned later this week for the final installment (setting) for the Quick Mystery BOM Runner project (I'm running a little behind getting everything written and up after all of my traveling lately). 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn


MB Pazazz said...

Love your quilt and the ones on Flickr. I tried to find where to get some of the fabric, but hit dead ends. Would you be able to supply a link? I'm thinking fund raising raffle for our local Habitat group. Thanks so much.

Dawn said...

This Etsy seller carries some of the Habitat fabrics, here's one of her listings and you can browse from there.

I'd say do some Google and Bing searches for Habitat from Free Spirit and see what you can find.

I'm going to be Shop Hopping this week for our MD/Northern VA Quilter's Quest, if I see any I'll let you know and you can contact that shop :)