Throwback Thursday: 2005 SCVQA Challenge Quilt

In 2005 I participated in my first Challenge Quilt for the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association quilt show.  The theme of the show and the challenge was "East Meets West." For five dollars I purchased the challenge package which included two fabrics -- one eastern and one western.

The requirements were:

Must use both fabrics, with a minimum of 12 square inches of each.

Length of all sides added together cannot exceed 100 inches.

Only five additional fabrics may be added -- one must be white or cream.

A heart must be included somewhere.

East Meets West challenge quilt

I wish I had a taken photos of the original fabrics. You get a pretty good idea of the eastern fabric in my finished project, the floral print with gold accent. The western print, however, was VERY western. It was all blue/dark blue/black with bucking broncos all over it. Let's just say that the broncos really didn't speak to me, so I carefully fussy cut my background pieces to not include any broncos. I chose to do a very small wall hanging sized quilt. The finished size is 12" by 12". The pattern came from 101 Full-Size Quilt Blocks and Borders. At the time (and probably now) I couldn't see myself doing something so fussy for a whole quilt worth of blocks, but I enjoyed making one. I met the heart part of the challenge by adding heart buttons. This was long before I free motion quilted, so the quilting is minimal, just along the border of the dress.

as featured in my scrapbook :-)
as featured in my scrapbook :-)

Edit: I am currently looking for any (small) amount of either of these fabrics as I want to make a memory quilt with scraps from all my quilts and this is the only one I don't have scraps from. :-/

I'm linking up to Quilty Flashback Friday.

15 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: 2005 SCVQA Challenge Quilt

    1. sarah

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      Thanks. I wish I could show them to you. They were something! Perhaps somewhere in some really old photos I took pictures of the other challenge quilts at the show. Hm... (btw, the people who chose to feature the broncos did amazing work... I just didn't have a vision for including them.)

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  1. I know what you mean about a fabric just not speaking to you. I fussy cut the heck out of some fabric earlier this summer for the same reason. I also like that you have a scrap book put together of your projects. :) Good luck finding the fabric for a memory quilt!

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    1. sarah

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      I wish I had an album with all of my projects in it. They are here and there throughout my scrapbooks over the years. It's nice for those pre-digital projects, but I still don't think I have photos of all of them.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you. I have a lead from someone in my guild who might have some. But as we all know... finding small pieces of fabric in our stash is kinda like finding a needle in a haystack. :-) My fingers are crossed.

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  2. What a cute block! It's encouraging to see what you can do with completely disparate fabric choices. Makes me want to join a guild! I haven't scrapbooked any of my quilts, but I keep a quilting journal with notes on the pattern, fabric, drawings and pictures. I started it a few years after I began quilting, but I've been good about keeping the journal updated since then.

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    1. sarah

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      Your journal sounds lovely. I have a list in a spreadsheet now, but that's not quite as special. Being part of a guild is so fun and inspiring. Are there any guilds in your area?

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      1. The closest guild is an hour's drive away - during the fall/winter months
        they meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9...but I drive school bus and my
        bedtime is usually 8:30pm. There is a second guild a little further away
        that usually meets on Sundays, but I haven't decided if it's worth the
        kilometers yet...I'm sure if I keep my eyes open, I'll find something that
        works with my schedule and mileage restraints!

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        1. sarah

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          It's too bad that it's so far. If you have some local friends and family who quilt, perhaps you could start a small group get together.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you! Maybe as I make my memory blocks from past quilts scraps I can also make scrapbook pages of each project. I can only think of one gift quilt that I have no pictures of and am no longer in contact with the recipient.

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  3. I love seeing your quilty scrapbook, that's such a super fun way to remember the things you've made! I hope you're able to find the fabrics you're looking for to make your epic scrap quilt! Thanks for sharing at Quilty Flashback Friday, hope you'll come back and share again!

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