Project Quilting Season 9 Challenge 9.1

For years I have been reading about and watching the activities of Kim Lapacek over at Persimmon Dreams. She is a local gal who has her fingers dabbling in multiple adventures. One of her many ongoing events is the one she calls Project Quilting. Kim recently launched Season 9 with a new set of challenges. The first one is called Challenge 9.1 Home Town Proud.

After sitting in the observation box for far too many years I have decided to give it a try. Chosen for my inspiration is the Rotary Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin. I have been a volunteer and admirer of these gardens for many years. The spectacular display of color and artistry is evident from the time you enter the gate and throughout the entire grounds. Being a huge lover of flowers and their rainbow of colors, it only seemed natural to choose Rotary Gardens for the focus of this piece.

To begin my quilt I first had to think about the design and the colors I would use. My love of bright and wild colors certainly had to play a role as well. While thinking about the design I remembered Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book 15 Minutes of PlayBack in December I announced my intention to use that book in a series I’m calling 32 Projects.

As I browsed through the “32” I found one that reminded me of a flower. Being able to “kill two birds with one stone” seemed like an awesome idea. The block I chose is the Sawtooth Square.

The primary fabrics I chose were these


Using the instructions in Victoria’s book I was able to create this 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″ mini quilt.

PQ-Season-9-Challenge-9.1-Flower Garden
PQ-Season 9, Challenge 9.1 Flower Garden

The back of my quilt looks like this


My first Project Quilting challenge piece is now finished! I had a great time creating my new piece. I hope you like it as well!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me! See you soon!




28 thoughts on “Project Quilting Season 9 Challenge 9.1

  1. […] also skipped ahead and created a Sawtooth Star block (see page 49). This mini art piece was entered into the Project Quilting Season 9, Challenge 9.1 […]

  2. What a beautiful, vibrant quilt! I love that it’s a two-fer! So glad you’ve joined in on this season of PQ.

    1. Awe, Thank You So Much!! Being a two-fer is a real bonus. 🙂 Thank You for visiting!

  3. Beautiful piece! I’m so happy you entered into the PQ Challenge. And it’s always so awesome when you can combine two (or more) challenges into one!!! Lovely job!

    1. Thank you Kim! It is really nice. 🙂

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  5. You will love participating in Project Quilting by pushing yourself with new things. Your little quilt is beautiful and congrats on combining it with your own personal challenge. Two things marked off the list, check!

    1. Thank You! I’m so glad you stopped by!

  6. It’s a geometric sunflower! That little flower button is cute btw.

    1. I like your interpretation! Thank you! I really like the button too! I like shopping for unusual buttons to someday sneak them into places as a surprise. 🙂

      1. 🙂

    2. Maybe you could paint a geometric sunflower! 🙂

      1. You never know!

      2. No you don’t, do you. 🙃

  7. I love the colors (you have a wonderful sense of color), the design and the sweet little flower button! Nice! Maybe it is time you opened an Etsy shop to sell your collection of little art wallhangings 🙂

    1. Tierney, thank you so much for the sweet compliments! I love working with color! I thought about it but didn’t get a good feeling about Etsy after reading yours and other vendors experiences. 🙂

      1. Oh yes I have mixed feelings about Etsy. I might do it again someday, not sure. Maybe you can sell them on your website or something.

      2. If you change your opinion or have pointers, send me a private message. On my website is definitely something to think about. Thanks for all your suggestions! 🙂

  8. You are always making such bright and exciting quilt blocks Cindy! Looking Good!!

    1. Thank you Tracy! I’m just a lively color kind of gal! 🙂

  9. Your fabric choice is excellent!

  10. It’s great to ‘kill 2 birds’ so to speak…and what a beautiful piece you produced!
    Question: what marking pen did you use for the label? Pigma? Medium point?

    1. It is and if I had thought about what I sad I could have written…”two birds with one quilt.” LOL! Sounds better! Thank you for your compliment. I’m glad you liked it. I used a Pigma 08. What do you use? 🙂

  11. Hi Cindy,
    I just saw this challenge and the website this morning for the first time! I had it open to look at and we lost power – I couldn’t remember what the name of the website was. How fortunate that you are mentioning this today of all days!! I hear it is like Project Runway for quilting . . . I HAVE to read more about this. How fun and of course I like your piece. The colors are so nice and warm for the cold weather that returns tomorrow, and it very much resembles a sunflower to me. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. It always amazes me when things happen like that. We live in such a small world. Sunflowers are one of my all-time favorite flowers so it makes me smile that you would say that! Your thoughtful comment is very much appreciated. Please do check it out. 🙂

  12. Great idea to combine two things that work so well together. It’s always good when we can make the same minutes count twice! It’s a lovely piece, and I can see the garden influence. 1/32 finished!

    1. Yippie! Thanks for cheering me on. Your encouragement means more than you could ever know! 🙂