Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February/March Online Challenge

Hi Members!
We had a fantastic meeting this past Saturday, and since it's only one short month until our next one (hooray!), I wanted to get the online challenge information up as soon as possible. 

This month's challenge is a little different--rather than doing blocks that someone will win, we're holding a mug rug swap! 
What does this mean? You'll be making a finished mug rug (quilted, bound) and bringing it to the meeting. Everyone who participates will trade mug rugs, and you'll take home someone else's gorgeous creation! 
What is a mug rug? Like a coaster for a mug, but larger. As it was so aptly put at the meeting, think large enough to hold a mug and a cookie! 

What size should my piece be? At your discretion; somewhere in the 6” x 8” to 8” x 10” range (could be square, too!)
Is there a colorway we should use? Your choice!
What about a design? Again, your choice! If you don't have one of Gwen's books, consider buying one, as her work is amazing! :) Or, try these links for some inspiration:

Gwen Marston 
See How We Sew (This website shows images from her book, 37 Sketches, which is made up of smaller works that would nicely as mug rugs.)

Find it here
"Small Study 10" by Gwen Marston featured in 37 Sketches

"Small Study 34" by Gwen Marston; featured in 37 Sketches

If you don't have one of Gwen's books and you would feel more comfortable with specific directions rather than experimenting with freeform piecing, there's a link on her website for a tree wall hanging tutorial that you could make in a smaller size. Just scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and look under the "Links" subhead.
Featured in Online Quilt Magazine; available as a pdf on Gwen's website

We can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Any questions? Contact leave a comment below, on Facebook, or contact Lisa at lisaeruble (at) gmail.com

And...mark your calendars, because Gwen giving her "Abstract Quilts in Solids" lecture at the Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters meeting on April 15th. The meeting is held at 2nd Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, begins at 7 pm, and the cost for non-members is $5. 

1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to the meeting to see what creative direction everyone goes.