Thursday, December 31, 2015

"50 Shades of Red" Quilt Challenge, 2015

Every year, my Memory Makers quilt guild has a different challenge to keep us sewing on task through the year.  When they asked for ideas at the end of 2014, I suggested doing a "50 Shades of Red" challenge.  My idea was chosen & the parameters were set that one could use as many red fabrics as you wanted.  In fact, the more, the merrier!  A background of either white or cream could be chosen along with one other color. 

Years ago, there was a huge display of all red & white quilts in New York.  You can follow THIS LINK to see a wonderful selection of them. 

We had three different categories, based on size.
We got to vote for our favorites in each section
along with picking our "Viewers Choice".

I foolishly forgot to bring my camera...(Bad Blogger!)
so these photos were taken with my friend, Robin's phone.

I know I must have missed capturing some of the quilts,
 as people arrived later in the evening.  
I'm so sorry for not realizing that error before we left that night!

Just look at those feathers....DROOL!!!  I happen to know Sue Palumbo quilted this one for Connie.
The pattern is called "Irish Mist"...I ♥♥♥ it!!!

This quilt was my entry, made from the patterns in the book titled "10-Minute Blocks"...See below:

Very fast & easy project that left me lots of wide spaced to practice my free motion quilting in the red blocks.
I used the computer to place the floral daisy motif in the center of each white square.  This pattern ends up with a very thick intersection of seams right in the middle of that block so I chose something that would avoid hitting them & perhaps risk breaking a needle...or worse, messing up the timing on my Innova.  

These were from the smallest category...a tiny 1" blocks & an almost completed table runner, made from leftover toile from her dining room valances!  Great idea!

 I've forgotten the names of these two blocks, above & below.  Perhaps someone who was there that night will pop in to remind me?

We had lots of delicious  food to enjoy too, 
as everyone contributes something to the evening meal.

These "Quilt Block" cookies were a hit on the dessert table!!  They are made with edible rice paper that is placed on the wet icing of the cookie.  What a special treat!
Below is a photo from the website that sells them along with a link, just in case you want to make them next year.

Edible wafer paper Quilt Blocks

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House during the busy time. 



  1. What beautiful quilts...quilters can do amazing things with fabric! Each and every one of those quilts is made with love. Thanks for sharing.
    The cookies are cute.
    Happy New Year, Rett!

  2. Rhett, each one of these are beautiful. I'm so glad you shared these photos. Love quilts made with white and another color. Years ago when I was buying antique quilts, I focused on those made with white and another color.
    I missed the wonderful exhibit in NY that year. It was something I truly wanted to see, but didn't make plans in time. I wasn't paying attention! Did you get to see it? My friend, Sue, who lives in the UK, flew over to see it and shared her photos. Amazing!
    Hope you are well. I'm sure the holidays were bittersweet. Any special plans for celebrating New Year's? None here other than getting together with neighbors on Friday for gumbo and good conversation.
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2016.

  3. Oh Rhett, the quilts are stunning, love them all. The cookies look terrific.

    You ladies are really talented.

    I know this Christmas was bittersweet for you, but I hope that you were with loved ones.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year.

  4. Red and white is such a great combination. Although red has never been a favorite of mine, I've a hankering to make a simple red and white quilt, to pull out in the fall.
    I hope your Christmas was joyful - I'm sure memories crowded in during the season. Wishing you a New Year filled with healing and joy.

  5. Beautiful red quilts and your idea was great! Love what you did for your entries. That Sue Palumbo quilt is spectacular with it's huge negative space and dynamic design! Thanks for sharing, Rett.

    I wish you a wonderful healthy and happy New Year for 2016 and onward! Glad to see you blogging.

  6. What a fabulous display of red (my favorite color) and white quilts! I'm glad the quilters chose your idea, Rett. Each and every one of them is fabulous. I also loved seeing your pretty hutch, in your header, all decked out in Christmas decor.
    Here's hoping that 2016 will be a better one for you. I'm sending you a big hug across the miles.

  7. Beautiful quilts, red and white just belong together.
    Wishing you a very Happy new year.

  8. Beautiful quilts...I wish I could PIN some of them to my Pinterest board but you don't have that feature.
    Hoping the new year will bring you comfort and peace..I know 2015 wasn't a good year for you.

  9. Beautiful quilts Rett! I love the idea of red for a theme! The quilt block cookies are the CUTEST! I'm popping over via your link. Wishing a very Happy New Year. ♥

  10. Hi Rett! I have missed so many blogs over the holidays and am trying to ctach up. These quilts are all so beautiful and I love the red and white! The cookies are SO pretty too! I know it is almost a year since your hubby passed away and just know I am thinking about you and saying a little prayer. XO

  11. What a lovely event that must have been Rett. I remember the large exhibit and went to the link at that time and spent a good amount of time drooling over the gorgeous red and white combinations. I hope you are doing well. I think of you and your year of 'firsts'. Take care of yourself.

  12. Hi Rhett and what a lovely quilt event. Love all of the designs and who doesn't love the red and white! My little mother was a quilter, nothing fancy, but I cherish them. Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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