Those of us who follow Bonnie K. Hunter’s blog (quiltville.blogspot.com) have been waiting with bated breath for her to announce the Leader/Ender Challenge for 2018. If you remember, the challenge for 2017 was Checkerboard Rail Fence, the challenge for 2016 was Hourglass, and before that was Tumblers. Bonnie always chooses a quilt design in the “public domain” so as not to infringe on anyone’s copyright. Although she gives suggestions about piece sizes and colors, she leaves the details up to us.
This year, her challenge is “Jewel Box Stars.” She writes, “This project is to GROW SLOWLY in between the lines of chain piecing other things. Don’t rush through it. Enjoy the process!” Click here to link to Bonnie’s blog post about the challenge.
I decided to accept the challenge, and here is the back story on the Americana fabrics I’ll be working with. As you know, I just finished quilting my “Confetti” quilt. After trimming away the excess batting and backing, I found that pieces amounting to about 1 yard of the polka dot print remained. Rather than folding it and returning it to my stash, I plan to use it as light background in my blocks. For the blue prints I’m using 2 1/2″ strips of Wilmington Prints tone-on-tones leftover from various projects as well as squares from my 2 1/2″ scrap container. The reds are also Wilmington Prints that remain from various patriotic and Valentine projects. Since I am making the larger 16″ size Bonnie mentions in her excellent tutorial, I’ll need only 4 or 9 blocks to make a nice size lap quilt.
Will you accept the challenge to make a “Jewel Box Stars” quilt this year? If so, will you go totally scrappy or use a planned color palette?