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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The VQF Challenge

Ta Dah

This is the Vermont Quilt Challange. For those of you who don't know Jill no Blog,  Barb, Lori  and myself meet up at the VQF back in June and decided to make a little memento of our meeting.

We divided up 1 yard of fabric,  It's the blueish green one. I'm saying that as it came out of the green section at Yankee Pride quilt shop  and it was supposed to be a green challenge as we were in the Green Mountains . Hmm doesn't look green to me back home  in good old blighty-  must have been the sun that got to us.  I bought more of it as I had great ambitions of doing something BIG!
You will see that  didn't  happen but  it's been put to good use on the back. .

So this is the story of mine
Centre block is from Blockbase and called VERMONT .
I wanted the design to  reminded me of  my Welsh ancestors that emigrated to Johnstown PA in 1881 and used Making Welsh Quilts by Clare Claridge and Mary Jenkins for some inspiration.
Then I had to have our names on it hence the corner post's
I used binding for mine but in true welsh tradition I should have used  butted edges.
Size 32in square.

Those of you that know me well know I don't hand quilt and my machine quilting isn't brilliant, but hey practise makes perfect so this was a great little quilt to practise on.

So  you have it, you had  better hop on over to the others blogs to see what they made with theirs.
Hope one of us manages to post Jill's on via an email photo. I have tried without success. Lori. you and Barb are far more Techi than I  and hope you can.
This was such a fun thing to do as we all revealed in the last 1/2  hour by email. Yes we went before scheduled times.I guess we just couldn't wait!
Happy New Year and may yours be  filled with friends,quilts and  fun and anything that makes you happy!
Happy Stitching in 2013


  1. Your quilt is lovely! The colors are soft and pretty and I think your quilting looks great! What a wonderful way to remember your time in Vermont together.

  2. Very pretty; you really made the most of the fabric!

  3. OH MY! your quilt is just so pretty , you certainly rose to the challenge!
    glad you had fun and just think what wonderful memories this will be everytime you look at your quilt
    thanks for sharing Kathie

  4. Love your quilt Sue as well as Lori and Jill's . What a wonderful idea. Hanging out to see Barbs...I'm sure it will be another gem.

  5. It looks great Sue and hasn't disappointed in the least. You have put great thought into it. Looking forward to seeing lots more stitching this year. The quilting looks mighty fine to me.

  6. Just beautiful - love it! You have highlighted the fabric perfectly. Wonderful to see the different interpretations.
    Every Stitch

  7. Each quilt is very different even though you all had a main theme fabric to work with. Good challenge shared among friends.

  8. I always enjoy seeing the different outcomes from a challenge. Love this fabric, but it looks tricky to work with. Your design is lovely, and the machine quilting looks absolutely fine. I'm not a hand quilter either and depend on my machine totally.
    Well done, Sue.

  9. I've just come on over from Lori's blog and had to see yours, what a lovely quilt. You did pretty darn well with the quilting.
    Happy New Year to you.

  10. Gorgeous quilt Sue and you well and truly met the challenge. I am having a love affair with frame quilts so this really appeals. Happy New Year.

  11. LOVE a fabulous medallion quilt - and yours is stunning!! I think the quilting looks great.
    What a fun finish to remember a great trip.

  12. Your quilt looks great Sue! What a wonderful memento of a special time you all had together.

  13. Sue, it's truly lovely. What a special memory of your trip to Vermont for the Quilt show. It's fun to have a group project. ;-) I'm off to see the others............Sarah

  14. Super medallion quilt! I'd say you perfectly met the challenge, incorporating the fabric, the 'Vermont' block, and your Welsh ancestry. The pale colors give it a lovely antique patina.