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.

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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!




2018 Goal # 1

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A Challenge

My personal library is filled with wonderful resources on the subject of improv quilting. Among those amazing books is 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. I’ve read her book from cover to cover multiple times yet each time I open it I learn something new. Given the amount of valuable information available, at my fingertips, I am challenging myself to use this resource as inspiration in 2018.

32 Tasks

15 Minutes of Play has at least 32 different potential topics for discussion. With 52 weeks in the year this allows plenty of time to tackle my challenge. My goal is to successfully complete as many of the 32 tasks as possible.

I hope to learn as much as possible in 2018.