Finished: A-B-C Challenge

Ta! Da!

A-B-C Challenge Finished
A-B-C Challenge Finished

The A-B-C Challenge is finished. I hope the others in the group will finish theirs so we can enter the County Fair as a group. It was fun to do that last year.

The quilting is magnificent, though I have to say using the Art Gallery Fabric as binding was not magnificent. It is very fine fabric, which I think is why there was a lot of pulling as I stitched the binding down to the back. I found it was very hard to hide the stitches. I love Art Gallery Fabrics, because they are so soft and fine, but will have to remember not to use it for binding.

A-B-C Challenge: Rambler block
A-B-C Challenge: Rambler block

The quilting is extremely magnificent. I was thrilled when I got the quilt back from my quilter. She has had a tough time in the past year or so and when I saw this quilt, I realized that she was back. I have to show you a few details of quilt’s fabulosity.

I wasn’t sure about the thread when I saw the quilted quilt. I don’t like beige, remember?After looking at this quilt for awhile, I think it works. It doesn’t take away anything yet the viewer can see the quilting if s/he walks up and looks closely.

You have to click on the blocks to see the awesomeness.

A-B-C challenge: Lincoln
A-B-C challenge: Lincoln

Lincoln turned from kind of pale, restful, background block into a ‘reward block’. That isn’t a real term; I just made it up. Remember how I talked about quilts that reward you if you look closer? Well, this block is completely like that. It is a nice block with which you could do some great things if you pieced a lot of them. In this quilt, it is the reward block. If you look at it closely you see the really great quilting that my quilter did.

See those great leaves?

The spirals? Sigh. I am over the moon with the quilting of this quilt. As you can see, this is much more than a drive by “Hey, I’m done! See you later post”

A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge

I decided to take photos of the various corners and sections of the quilt so you see, more closely, how nicely these blocks play together. I am really glad I used a limited palette.

A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C Challenge
A-B-C challenge: Japanese X block
A-B-C challenge: Japanese X block

And I have included a few more blocks for their detail

A-B-C challenge: Eva's Delight
A-B-C challenge: Eva’s Delight
A-B-C Challenge Back
A-B-C Challenge Back

There is also a photo of the back.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

12 thoughts on “Finished: A-B-C Challenge”

  1. Jaye, EVERY block is a reward block!

    the Japanese X block– check out Exuberant Color’s blog. She just finished a whole quilt of these…very lively!

    S

    1. I saw a pillow done with four of the Xes in the Japanese X block, but didn’t want to work with pieces that small, so I just used one X, thinking I might make a larger block at some point. I’ll check out Exuberant color.

    1. They are repeats of letters where I couldn’t decide on just one block. It was early on in the process when the quilt world was at my feet before deadlines and other projects started jockeying for attention.

  2. The quilt and the quilting are fantastic! I have liked your choice of colors and fabric since the very beginning of this project. Glad you got it finished!

  3. It’s a gorgeous quilt, Jaye, your longarmer is a keeper! I love the way she did the feathers without the spine in the border, I’ve never seen that method before. Love the close-up pictures, thank you so much for sharing them, they’re a true inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Kati, I am really thrilled with this piece. We call those feathers “big loopy feathers”. Sometimes they have a better feel on a piece than the regular feather with a spine.

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am working on quilting the sashing of my A-B-C quilt and have been struggling to visualize what to do in the blocks themselves. I want the quilting to be modern but couldn’t find examples of modern quilting on traditional blocks. Your long armer did an amazing job! I have so many ideas now. Thanks for all the close-up photos. Your finished quilt is AWESOME!

    1. Thanks! It is ready to be entered into the fair! I just made the sleeve yesterday and will start putting it on tonight. Are you doing a group entry for the challenge quilts?

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