Friday, April 1, 2011


I'm delighted to be asked to judge your improvisational block contest!

The basics I kept in mind were

1-Must be using 'made fabric'
2-The final piece needs to be a 'block' that can be used in repeat
3-A block with some visual punch with used in multiple

Victoria sent me a nice photo collage of the blocks to review. 
The most exciting part to me is the 'made fabric'.

So if someone says 'made fabric' I'm THERE in a heart beat!... But I digress!

Let's look at these blocks in shades of gray.. so see how they hold up. 
I was looking for a block that when it went to gray it still had great life to it.

I narrowed in on the top block for me. It has made fabric, and the block has 
good design that looked like it would hold up to being repeated in a quilt.

To prove that out I decided to see how it worked out side by side

Or on point with orange behind it
How about blue?

My winner is Margaret

Other blocks that meet the criteria,
2nd place: Charlotte
3rd Place:Kathleen

And for color combo I ADORE Deb's Black/White/Lime!

Well, Pat, It seems a lot of others thought so too! 
Viewers Choice prize goes to DEB!

Thank you PAT for judging the blocks!  Be sure to stop by her show on Mondays at 4pm EST.

I had many emails from people saying they had a very 
hard time selecting ONE for Viewers choice... and I agree.
I had many favorites, and I hope some of these will be made into quilts...
Thank you all for playing along!

Winners will be receiving an email shortly.
$40  CVQ gift card for 1st place
 $25  CVQ gift card for 2nd place
4 fat quarters for 3rd place

Plus: the viewers choice award 



Kathleen C said...

Thanks so much, Pat and Victoria! My prize fabrics will liven up anything I make with them. This was lots of fun, and I'll continue to play in my sewing room.

Nancy Bowron said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Very inspirational ideas to try...would love to know how to do the 5 pointed star!

CharlotteP said...

I am so excited! Margaret, you are a really worthy winner...hope we will see that virtual quilt 'in the cloth' soon!

CharlotteP said...

PS Will post how I did the 5 point star for you, Nancy, soon!

lovetostitch said...

Gosh, I feel sooo smart!! Margaret was my selection too. Congrats to all - that was fun!! I thought her block looked like a parcheesi board - a memory thing!! They were all great!!

Cindy F said...

Congrats to all!!

Miki Willa said...

Congratulations to the winners! Also to all the incredible quilters who entered this contest. Beautiful work!

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations to the winners!
So many wonderful blocks and variations.


PatSloan said...

i really enjoyed all the blocks and it was tough work.. now Victoria has send me one her ladies and challenged me!

Helen said...

Wow! What a lot of creative ideas here. Wouldn't it be fun to exhibit these blocks at our Fall Show?
Congratulations, winners! Margaret,your block is sensational!

sheila 77 said...

I so enjoyed doing this challenge. Thanks, Victoria, for organising it and thanks to all the nice ladies/men who voted for my block.

Margaret said...

Oh boy ... this is exciting & interesting ... I learned a lot reading Pat's explanation on the selection process ... need to learn how to do that, too! Thanks, V for running this fun challenge, & for arranging for the judging & prizes. Like many others I found it difficult to pick one winner. Thanks to all who participated ... that's what makes this such a great blog!

Bonnie Hull said...

Cynthia's might be underrated