Effective Contrast, a finished study

My project this week has been to start and to finish the May challenge for the Mighty Lucky club. This month’s challenge was set by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock and was all about effective contrast.

This was my fabric pull: a dark, three mediums and a light. IMG_3382 copy

I chose the pinwheel block because I knew I could finish them quickly and I hoped the shapes would work for the challenge.

Blocks 1-3: The Value of Value

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Blocks 4-6: Value Play

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Blocks 7-9: Print Scale and Complexity

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Blocks 10-12: Same-Hued Value Groupings

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Ta-Done! The twelve completed blocks. My favourites are blocks 1, 9, 11, and 12.

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This was my original block 9 (left) before I found a much larger print which was more effective for the study. (I know the left block is the better block, but not for the purpose of what we were learning!)

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This block was perfection in my eyes. I needed a single low-contrast fabric to use for the background. When you’re making a red pinwheel block and you find a pinwheel fabric in your stash? It’s like the fabric gods are smiling at you.

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Since this lovely project is done, I’m linking up with the always fabulous Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom quilts.

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Happy weekend everyone!

This was on my second quarter list for the 2016 finish along.

Day 267

Busy beavering away at the May Mighty Lucky Challenge. You can see earlier progress over here. As of today I’m 75% done which is lucky since the June challenge started today. Angela Walters is the teacher for June and here is what she has to say about it. But this needs finished first.

I needed to add prints in my colour palette.

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Progress to date:

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I’m going to redo the bottom right block. The pink print is supposed to be a large scale print and I didn’t think I had true large scale in this colour but I found something better in the garage tonight when I was digging something out to give to a bossy-pants friend.

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I love the little pinwheel you get on the back when you do a good press job!

Linking up with the WIP Wednesday at TN&TN.


And at Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.


Day 265

It being the penultimate day of the month I thought it high time to start my mighty lucky quilt challenge for May. This one is being led by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock and is called “Effective Contrast.”

I spent some time with my Brackman’s on Sunday night choosing a block. I have to make the same twelve blocks but using different fabrics for them…I didn’t want to end up with a bed size quilt so I am making 6″ blocks. Which rules out all the blocks with 25 pieces, or 40 pieces, or HSTs finishing at 1.25″. I’m doing a double pinwheel block to keep it simple and to better ensure my success.


This is more or less the layout. I’m doing my blocks with only twelve pieces.

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This is my colour palette.


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And what the first one looks like.

And if you’ve never seen a copy of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns it is worth seeking out.