We generally refer to this exchange as our Fat Quarter Challenge --a fat quarter is a measure of fabric, and indicates that we should generally be starting with about 4 FQ worth of fabric--and build from there as necessary). For 2017 the formula was tweaked a little--we discussed making it a challenge in using a new technique, a color we don't normally use etc. The group came up with a long list of potential challenges, and recognizing that what is challenging to one may not be challenging to another, we got to choose. And so the Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge was born.
Spring Rainbows quilt from Moda Bake Shop.
First I set a restriction of only using stash--which meant the dark background because I didn't have enough light. Then I decided scrappy, and the pattern was improv. This was HARD for me, to be scrappy and improv. I wasn't liking it AT ALL during the making blocks stage...but once I got them all together I was very pleased. It is worth persevering through some tough stages and dislike.
Quilting with my walking foot got even more challenging, because it turns out my walking foot is broken (I've got it roughly taped together in the photo below), and I was using the guide on that for my spacing. Luckily I found this weird foot in my drawer, and it worked to mark the spacing quite well.
And, I liked the improv scrappy top so much--I made the back improv and scrappy also. I added two corner pockets and a little rod pocket, should the recipient choose to hang it, or else it can lay happily around on a flat surface.
I count 6 'ADVENTURES' in this little project. It was fun and kept me amused for a few days last summer.