The next project in line is a brown bag challenge issued by a local quilting bee. Assorted fabrics are put in a brown grocery bag, the bags are distributed and so you work on someone’s bag while someone else works on yours. This particular selection of fabric was from my mother’s stash. She had carefully put aside a grouping of solids with the intention of making an Amish style quilt. A dear friend took those fabrics and turned them into a beautiful paper pieced crown of thorns. Here you see the backing and then the top.
The project just finished was a red and blue row quilt. Again a challenge by this same local bee, each of us provided a center row—for me this was a set of blocks I had won—and then the quilt was passed from person to person for each one to add a row top and bottom to the quilt. I backed mine with a red, white, and blue Texas flag fabric and quilted it in red loopy-dos. It was the first time I worked over a row several times to get the desired effect.
Lastly is a Shadow Star, hand-pieced largely by my mother, and completed by myself after much telling myself to be brave. Her color choices were not mine and I can’t say I very much enjoyed working on this piece. But now it is done except for the binding and the label. I’m not going to show it here, leaving it for another time when I’ll show it in sequences—from box of partially pieced blocks to top to quilted to bound and labeled.