Then, not long after, we were given an opportunity to participate in the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. We, of course, were eager to participate. We went back to Cheryl and asked one more time if we could use her "Oh, Canada!" pattern for this specific challenge. She again said yes! We were very eager to use this pattern because we wanted Canada to be clearly represented at QuiltCon 2015!
The rules of the challenge were simple:
- Guilds will complete a quilt using the predetermined color palette of white, light gray, chartreuse, burnt orange, sky blue, cerise and a deep turquoise.
- Guilds will complete a quilt using alternate grid work.
- If your guild decides to use a pattern, be sure to get permission from the pattern designer
Oh wait?! Did you see the requirement that the quilt needed to be created using alternate grid work? That one threw a bit of a wrinkle into our plans of using Cheryl's pattern. So we went off to the drawing board to create some ideas for our members to vote on. Here were our concepts:
Option 1 - Improv Canadian
This quilt would be improv pieced using the specified colours with one lone Canadian Flag take from the "Oh, Canada!" pattern.
Option 2 - Asymmetrical Canadian
9 Canadian flags asymmetrically placed with a large amount of negative space.
Option 3 - Modern Canadian
1 large Canadian flag. The word “modern” can be pieced or appliqued. Some members suggested that instead of using the word "modern" we could use "London".
We held three sew-in's at Hyggeligt Fabrics. Some of our members had never improv pieced before. One of our newest members had never even made a quilt block before! We had a lot of firsts in this quilt. We didn't really know what the quilt would look like, but it was fun to see where the day took us.
A big THANK YOU to ALL of our members that helped create this quilt! Without such a great group of ladies, this would not have been a possibility. A special thank you to Chantal of Hyggeligt Fabrics, for generously donating all of the fabric for the quilt and Kristyn of Melon Patch Quilts for donating the batting! Thank you to Cheryl Arkison for providing such a fantastic and inspirational pattern as the basis for this quilt!
Isn't it great to see where the day took us?!