Work on my quilt for Challenge 1 is progressing nicely; I’ve chosen my fabrics, drafted my pattern in EQ 7 and I’ve been busy piecing the center of the quilt. I’m doing foundation paper piecing and working hard to get the points right.
For those not familiar with how the competition works, McCall’s Quilting announced the contest was open for entries earlier this year. I submitted my Cinnamon & Spice quilt for your consideration. My quilt was accepted and voting began on May 1 and continued through May 20. Out of the 150 or so entries in the Amateur division, my quilt and 14 others were selected to move on to the first challenge. For amateurs, that means creating a quilt top with at least one Amish Star block.
I design in EQ, and over the Memorial Day weekend I created and refined my design until I was thoroughly satisfied with it. Next came fabric selection. I’m partial to Maywood Studio‘s Shadow Play, so I made sure to include a large selection of them in various bright colors and then pulled my coordinating fabrics from my stash.
I won’t be including photos of my quilt until after it’s posted on the McCall’s website. It’s a secret! I hope you’ll like it enough to vote for it when voting begins on June 19.
Meanwhile, McCall’s is sending each of us a package of quilting goodies as a prize for making it into Challenge 1. It’s not here yet, but I will share photos when I receive it.
This is an adventure I very much wanted to be a part of, and I plan to enjoy every aspect of it for as long as I am lucky enough to be included.
Thanks for all your support!