Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Challenge

After many years of making failed New Years resolutions, last year I gave away that idea in favour of something more likely to be achieved.  I decided to use a particular fabric in every quilt that I worked on in 2011.  I had some success with that challenge.

Now that the calendar has flipped over to 2012, I can start my new challenge.  I am calling it " 2012 - the year of the solid".


I have been collecting solids for some time so that this year every quilt that I start will only use solids.  There are so many yummy solids around at the moment, don't you think?  I hope my challenge will be lots of fun and move me out of my comfort zone.

The rules I have made for myself are that quilts that have been started prior to 1/1/2012 will not be restricted to solids.  But new quilts will have to conform to the challenge.  Those quilts can be Amish, two colour (for instance red and white - how clever of me to include that parameter!),  modern, applique, etc  Really, anything goes except for a pattern or tone on tone fabric being in the quilt top.

I have been looking forward to this challenge for a few months now but wanted to wait until the beginning of the year to start.  Such a challenge suits me much better than trying to control my fabric purchases, or desire to start new projects and I think it will be fun.

Speaking of new projects...well here is one that was a new project less than 2 months ago and is already close to completion.  It is Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay mystery quilt that you must have been reading about everywhere in the blogosphere. 

This is just to give you an idea  of the centre of the quilt top.  I haven't put any more of the quilt together than this, although all the elements are ready to go.

I weighed all the units for my quilt and they came in at close to 1kilogram!   They fit in a box similar in size to a shoebox.  Looking at my fabric stash I realise I have many, many kilos of fabric. 

Thanks to Bonnie for helping me use 1kilo in such a nice manner.  I love how my mystery quilt has turned out.

37 comments:

Teresa said...

Your challenge quilt looks awesome...makes me want to start her quilt. I could stand to shed some "scrap weight" - my stash would never miss it!!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Ann-Mari said...

The colors in your top are wonderful. Fun to see how it turns out.
Best wishes on your resolutions.

JustPam said...

This is going to be beautiful. The different colorways are all so wonderful. Yours reminds me of spring.

Quilter Kathy said...

It looks fabulous...love your colours! Look forward to seeing how your challenge goes in 2012!

heather said...

I'm so glad to see how yours is turning out. I'm using the same colors as you and I haven't been home this weekend to see how it looked when put together. I was a bit worried so thank you for showing me that it looks lovely! LOL

Vivian said...

It's looking good.

Jo said...

Love the Orca Bay!!!

Carol G said...

Love the mystery quilt. Your 2012 challenge is quite interesting and I look forward to seeing where it takes you. I'm sure you already have many ideas percolating.

Connie said...

It will be very interesting to see all of the work you do with solids this year! I love the colors in your Orca Bay, this has been so much fun!

baukje said...

I also LOVE working with only solids, finished an Amish quilt some days ago and today arrived two patterns of GORGEOUS Amish quilts that are in the Lancaster museum. The patterns even came with the quilting stencils....... But first I want to make some doll quilts;

Heather said...

That sounds like an interesting challenge. Not sure I would be able to stick to it but I am thinking about a red and white done in solids and that would be quite a change for me. I do love my prints!

Deborah said...

My grandmother used solids almost all the time. Just last night my son went through all my quilts until he found one in particular, a solid aqua and red. It's always been his favorite. My challenge is to use the material I have already bought and inherited.

Sue Daurio said...

Love your colors. Pink and brown together look great for Orca Bay!

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

I love your colors for Bonnie's Orca Bay! I used different colors to and am so please with my outcome. Of course, you and I have to change the name of our quilts; can't be Orca Bay without the black and white Bonnie used. I'm calling mine Azalea Bay for the purple, green and pink I used. What will you call yours? Great job BTW!

Cassandra said...

I love the center of your quilt top! It's gorgeous!

carolyn berroeta said...

Yours are the colors of RRCB mystery last year. I love them, you have made them work nicely.

Sharon said...

I love your best of 2011 list, Yes the R & W was spectacular. I'm taking a 2 day Abstract in SOlids workshop with Gwen Marston in May. Not all my pieces will be done in solids, but whatever I do from her class certainly will be. Good for you for staying on task with the Ocra Bay quilt, so much piecing in her patterns.

YankeeQuilter said...

Your solid stash is beautiful! And I love how your mystery quilt is turning out. I was using green and red with black but the green faded out on me so I've been replacing them with blues. Now I like how the green works with the browns...but no, I am not making a second quilt!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Look forward to seeing your solid quilts. I like your Orca quilt - first one I've seen without her recommended colors.

Janet said...

Oh I love your version in pinks and greens. What a gorgeous quilt it will be.

Dawn said...

What a beautiful assortment of solids! I can see lots of new projects with that selection.
Your scrap quilt is looking wonderful.
Thnak you for sharing!

Maureen said...

That is quite a challenge. It would probably keep me from starting anything new! lol The solids do look yummy in the photo.
Your mystery quilt is lovely. I like how the browns tone down the pinks and greens. Great combination! and I love ohio star blocks.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

I love your colors. So soft and pretty!

Mad about Craft said...

I love your colour choice!

Janet said...

I like the way you think. You'll get to use lots of stash and moving outside the box, what fun.
The scrap quilt looks great, love the colours.

Celia said...

love your colour choices.

Chris said...

Love your color choices. I hope we get to see the entire quilt soon.

Julie Fukuda said...

Your Orcha Bay is lovely. Good luck with your solid challenge.

Janet O. said...

Your Orca Bay is very good-looking.
That is quite a challenge you have set for yourself. It would be enough of a challenge to me to put just one solid in every new quilt in 2012. I love prints too much to avoid them for a whole year. I will be very interested to see what you create throughout the year.

Helen in the UK said...

LOVE the colours in your mystery. Did you realise you have orientated your string squares differently to how Bonnie intended? Bonnie shows the stitched lines in the squares pointing towards the ligher Ohio stars.
I've just started collecting solids to use more in quilts, so will enjoy following along to see what you create in your personal challenge :)

Rhonda G said...

Beautiful color pallet on OB.

Sandra Kaye said...

I love the green and pink....mine will be the same colors. Great job!! Hugs

Patchwork Penguin said...

I love the Brown, Pink, and Green combo!!! Great job!

waquilter said...

Your colors are so awesome. I'm loving it.

Anonymous said...

LLiz, I LOVE your version of the Ocra Quilt, mystery ala Bonnie Hunter. Nw I KNOW what I can do with my pinks. I am not a pink person, but you know quilters ... over time we do amass many colors.
GORGEOUS QUILT - CONGRATS!
Julie in TN

Nicky said...

You have done a good job on that mystery quilt!

Happy New Year! And hope the year of the solid is good to you!

Carrie P. said...

Hey Liz, I just came across this free pattern you might be interested in for your solid challenge.
http://www.benartex.com/page/gradations-ii-173.htm