31 July, 2011

AMQG Challenge

AMQG pillow challenge fabric, originally uploaded by Hazelnutgirl.

The first challenge for the Auckland Modern Quilt Guild members has been set - a cushion - and I'm really excited! It's my first challenge so I don't know exactly how open to be about what I'm thinking of doing or not - are people all secret-squirrel about their intentions or generally open? I'd love to share how I'm going (I almost typed journey there but that would have been more than a little pretentious, I can't believe the word even entered my mind! And that I'm sharing it with you!), but I'm competitive enough not to want to get pipped at the post because I shared too much. Not that I really think that would happen to be perfectly honest, maybe I'd just like for it to be a surprise?

Anyways, this is the fabric we have, I don't know who the designer is or anything, it's not on my bit of selvedge. We have a fat eighth and we have to use at least half of it, so can enter two pillows if we like. I have some of my fabrics already and at least one pattern in mind - and it's not due until the 1st December, so I have heaps of time. Perhaps I won't even leave it till the last minute!

It's going to be so interesting to see what people come up with, there is such a diversity of people in our group; we vary widely in age, experience and taste. I know at least one person who was focusing on many of the same FQ as I was when I grabbed some after our meeting, but I bet even that doesn't mean our cushions will be at all alike!


  1. I'm intrigued, I didn't realise a 'guild' set challenges.

  2. Ellie - PetalplumAugust 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Good fun, I can't wait to see your 'journey'. I hope you win........ though of course that's it true, as it will be just interesting to see the different results -please share with us.

  3. Well I guess the key thing is that we really are a 'guild' in that we don't actually train people up or become involved in standards or mysterious handshakes so we have to keep ourselves entertained! At least, if there are secret handshakes I don't know about it. This is the first quilting guild I've belonged to, but I gather challenges are pretty traditional and are certainly not something invented by the modern versions. I think other craft guilds do similar things, my mum belonged to weaving and spinning guilds and they used to do challenges like sheep to shawl events.



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