Thursday, March 1, 2012

1950 Challenge Fabric Reveal

It all began with this 1950s fabric and a group of wonderful people who joined in the fun. The rules were simple.

1. The challenge fabric must appear in your finished quilt. After all, that is the point.
2. You can do anything you want to the fabric (dye, stamp, etc.).
3. You must use Rayna Gillman's book, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: A Stress-Free Journey to Original Design, as your inspiration.
4. You must take photographs showing your process. I'd like to see at least three and especially photographs of any changes you make to the challenge fabric.
5. If you don't have a blog, send the photographs and thoughts to me and I'll post them here. If you have a blog, then please share it so we can watch and comment on your progress.

I asked that all the quilts be completed by March 1. However, I knew that not everyone would or could finish it. Irene Armock broke her arm and Marti Porterfield is having visions problems. Rayna Gillman has had lots of deadlines. We Should all be so lucky. Please understand that when I began this challenge,  I did not know Rayna nor did I knew that she would care about my challenge AND that she would take the time to join in and provide encouraging words to those who stepped up and put themselves out there to do the challenge. The world s a better place because of people like Rayna.  Others didn't even bother to acknowledge they got the fabric but life is too short to worry about them. More photos are coming so check back. Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun.


  Rayna Gillman

Ode to Karen
Carol Esch

Louise Baldel

Barbara Beadsley


Pink Rain and Chocolate Bunny

Sherrie Spangler

Martha Ginn 

 Kristin McNamara Freeman


  1. Amazing how different they all are -- and each one is fabulous! Thanks again, Karen.

  2. Karen, I don't know if this is going to show up twice. Chrome is doing funky stuff. Thank you for letting me take part in this. They all are wonderful!

    1. Mine isn't wonderful because it isn't done yet. But I didn't want you all to think I wasn't doing my challenge. Professional deadlines come first -- this is just the fun part. Will post when I finally have it done.

  3. Awrk-k-k-k- Wish I had seen this one when it was posted ! I have some amazing bark cloth I would have loved to use ! Great results from everyone!

  4. W - O - W ! ! ! Those quilt are fantastic! Next time I would love to participate in such a challenge!


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