I have mixed feelings about challenges. The type of challenge I'm refering to is the kind we issue our Modern Quilt Guild. We try to do a challenge or a swap every month. And really I mostly feel like "I don't have time for this crap".
But, actually, I've found they can, as they are supposed to, get me to try something I wouldn't normally do. And, I do finish stuff I would otherwise slack on because as a guild leader I feel I should set a good example, etc.
So, I may not do them all, but I've been participating in group stuff a lot more in the last year than ever before.
So for this month we had a challenge that was part of the larger Modern Quilt Guild as a whole. The challenge was to use the fabric line Madrona Road by Violet Craft. We were sent some free fabric (enough for about 5-6 fat eigths each) and we could only use fabrics from the line and solids. There were really no other guildllines.
I, however, issued the additional direction of "details". Whatever the members wanted to interpret that as was fine, but it must include a detail of some kind.
While pretty, I don't think I would have made a whole quilt out of the line. I do really love the text print though.
I went for a very simple design. My detail was the flanges that I added around each square.
I really like the minimalist look. But I don't quite know what to do with it. I don't love it enought to hang it on a wall. It's a bit small for a lap quilt. It could almost work as a baby quilt but it's obviously boy except for the flower prints. Hmm....