Sunday, June 17, 2012

50 weeks of desperation


It all started last year when I had an insane idea to challenge myself to design 50 - 8" blocks in 50 weeks. I also asked 50 guest bloggers to join me and together create a total of 100 new blocks for everyone to enjoy.

Block designs would be drawn on the back of serviettes in a coffee shop or on scraps of paper when waiting to pick up the children from after school activities, then transferred into EQ7 for manipulation.

The blocks were a menagerie of different techniques, using mainly fabrics from my scrap bin, with a  traditional, modern/contemporary theme. When I could, I would show how the blocks would look in different settings and colour ways. The designs were based on things that were part of my everyday life as a stay at home mum running a small business. 

This was not a traditional quilt-a-long but a quilt-if-you-like-along, where the participant could pick and choose which blocks they would use in their projects. There are some blocks I really liked and one day will make quilts using the single block or a combination of a few.

Here is the collection ( not in order ):



1. DHWQ Week 21 - The Star, 2. DHWQ Week 12 - Diamonds in the Rough, 3. DHWQ Week 11 - Kiss Kiss, 4. DHWQ Block 10 - New from Old, 5. DHWQ Week 9 - All washed up, 6. DHWQ Week 8 - Board Games, 7. DHWQ Week 7 - Salt n Pepper, 8. DH6 Week 6 - Phillip Screwdriver, 9. DHWQ Week 5 - Flower Power, 10. DHWQ Week 4 - Bar Jello, 11. Desperate Housewife Block 3 - Evolution, 12. DHWQ Raindrop - Block 2, 13. DHWQ Block 1 - Eight Squared, 14. DHWQ Week 15 - Chocolate Box, 15. DHWQ Week 14 - Venetian Blinds, 16. DHWQ Week 13 - Umbrella, 17. DHWQ Week 16 - Caught in a Web, 18. DHWQ Week 18 - Reflective Surface, 19. DHWQ Week 17 - Swing me around on the Hill hoist, 20. DHWQ Week 20 Talkin' Turkey, 21. DHWQ Week 22 - Ornamentallist, 22. DHWQ Week 23 - Light the Candle, 23. DHWQ Week 24 - Wreath, 24. DHWQ Week 25 - The Sad, Little, Elf Decoration, 25. DHWQ Week 26 - Christmas Lights, 26. DHWQ Week 27 - Four Makes Two, 27. DHWQ Week 28 - Super Nova, 28. DHWQ Week 29 - Painted Road, 29. DHWQ Block - Week 30 Heartfelt, 30. DHWQ Week 31 Layer up Layer upon Layer, 31. DHWQ Block 32 - Shattered Pane, 32. DHWQ Week 33 - Crown, 33. DHWQ Week 34 - Dream Weaver, 34. DHWQ Week 35 Simple, 35. DHWQ Week 36 - Mowing the Lawn, 36. DHWQ Week 39 - Crosses


And here are the 50 blocks made by guest bloggers ( not in order ):


1. DHWQ Week 22 - Guest Blogger Melody, 2. DHWQ Guest Blogger Sharon - Nameless, 3. DHWQ Week 19 - Guest Blogger Lauren - Burst, 4. Week 20 - Guest Blogger John Adams - SpinOut, 5. Guest Blogger Ros - Week 18, 6. Guest Blogger Melissa - Brady Bunch, 7. Guest Week 12 - Linked Squares, 8. DHWQ Guest Blogger - Week 11, 9. Guest Blogger Week 10 - Inspired by Peacock Feathers, 10. Guest Blogger Week 8, 11. DHWQ Guest Blogger Week 6 - Perspective, 12. Guest Blogger Week 7 - Rolling Divide, 13. Guest Blogger Week 5, 14. Guest Blogger - Week 4 Quasar, 15. DHWQ Week 9 Guest Blogger - Lazy Susan, 16. DHWQ Week 23 Guest Blogger - Pat Sloan, 17. Guest Blogger Week 2 - Funky Flower, 18. DHWQ Week 13 - Paint Chips Lynne Goldsworthy, 19. DHWQ Week 24 Guest Blogger Charlie Scott - Snowflake, 20. DHWQ Week 24 - Guest Blogger Sue Belleli - Scrappy Tree, 21. DHWQ Week 25 Guest Paloma - Broken Dishes, 22. DHWQ Week 26 Guest Blogger Belinda, 23. DHWQ Week 27 Guest Blogger Siobhan - Spots and Stripes, 24. DHWQ Week 28 Guest Blogger Benita Skewed Heart, 25. DHWQ Guest Blogger Shruti - Cathedral Windows, 26. DHWQ guest blogger Danielle - Round the Twist, 27. DHWQ Week 31 Guest Blogger Tammie, 28. DHWQ Week 32 - Guest Blogger Jamie Elfert - Amor, 29. DHWQ Week 34 Guest Blogger Monica - Funky Wrench Nut, 30. DHWQ Week 35 Guest Blogger Jan Lanak - Roller Coaster, 31. DHWQ Week 36 Guest Julianna Gasiorowska, 32. DHWQ Week 40 Guest Blogger Charlotte - Katherine Wheel, 33. DHWQ Guest blogger Week 37 - McKenna Powell, 34. DHWQ Guest Blogger Shirley Week 42 - Twisted Triangles, 35. DHWQ Week 44 Guest Blogger Laura - Apple, 36. DHWQ Week 45 guest blogger Jess Frost 37. DHWQ Week 46 Guest Kat Soper, 38. DHWQ Week 47 Guest blogger Debbie Grifka- Pebble Path, 39. DHWQ Week 48 Guest Blogger - Chevron Fly, 40. DHWQ Week 49 Guest Hollie - Shattered Glass, 41. DHWQ Week 49 Guest Mary Anne - House for Sale, 42. DHWQ Week 50 Guest blogger Tracey - The Thrifty Housewife, 43. DHWQ Week 32 Guest Tonya - Pastel Stripes, 44. DHWQ Week 43 Guest Toni - Recycled Denim Daisy, 45. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger Kate - Killers don't wear aprons, 46. DHWQ Week 5- Guest Blogger 4 Patch Fancy, 47. DHWQ Week 50 - Guest Blogger - Button Bug, 48. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger - Wonky Churn Dash, 49. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger - Tumbled Rose, 50. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger - Peach Blossom Perfection

Hard to find good help these days.
The boys were too impatient to let me straighten the quilt.
This quilt is made using all the blocks. I chose the freeform look (laying it on the floor and cutting 3" strips to be randomly placed around and between each block ) I chose greys, charcoals and a text print as a background filler to subdue the vibrant colours in the blocks. These blocks were never supposed to be made into one quilt, I just wanted to collate them into an 'Album' as a memento of the challenge.  My dilemma will be how to quilt it!

My assistant
I hope those who visited my blog each week to view the blocks enjoyed it as much as I did making them. I am so appreciative of all the guests who made their wonderful blocks to share with us each week.

Now on to some unfinished projects.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving us so many wonderful blocks. I am not at all keen on paper foundation piecing, but one of your blocks tempted me into it anyway.

    Good luck with the quilting design. :)

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  2. That was a marathon! Congratulations on making it very successfully to the end!

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  3. Looks great! I think quilting each block individually as its own masterpiece would be the way to go :)

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  4. It's amazing Jane. I'm still a bit stunned how talented you are!

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  5. It looks great, and love how you laid it all out in the end

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful collection.

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  7. Wow, that looks fantastic. Are you thinking of an overall design when quilting? Or do you think you will quilt each individual block? Good luck.

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  8. You are a rock star! And using shades of grey between the blocks was exactly how I had planned on putting mine together. Of course, yours turned out much better than I could ever pull off, with your genius mind and all :)

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  9. WoW! Tons of talent! Lots of great blocks and what a neat challenge. I think your quilt looks great.

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  10. i had lots of fun following your blocks and the guests. Thanks for all the hard work you all put in. I have had fun learning new blocks.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  11. So interesting that the blocks are all so different but you have managed to tie them together so well. Simply stunning!

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  12. I'm reallly looking forward to the 50 week True Blood challenge running concurrently with the 50 week Glee Challenge...

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  13. Amazing work!!!! There are quite a few I want to make. Thank you (and the other quilters) so much for sharing what your creative minds have conjured.

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