Saturday, January 7, 2017

8 Days a Week - Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 1

Several years ago I came across an exciting way to challenge my brain and creativity
in quilting.

Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

Season 8 of Project Quilting has just begun and there will be 6 challenges.
This is my 5th year to participate and even with a crunch of a schedule, I couldn't let this challenge go by.

The song, "8 Days a Week" was one of my first thoughts when the challenge was announced. 
8 love notes (hearts) for every day.

The Rules:

1. Your project must somehow involve the number 8.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (January 1 through January 8, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 

3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after January 1, finished by January 8). 
4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:

  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

5.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, January 8th, 2017, at noon CDT.

To my husband, who I've been away from lately because of work, here is my love in a jar.  Every pizza you eat while I am away can come out of the oven with this 8" hot pad and you will think of me missing you 8 days a week.

Since I've been out of town a lot, sewing had to wait until yesterday, but I have been planning my design for this challenge on my computer all week.  If you would like to make your own jar, I have included the templates here for you.  Just save the next 3 pictures and make them the size you would like.

8 Days a Week is a fusible appliqued (HeatNBond Lite) quilt.
Before I stitched around the hearts with black thread, I backed the piece with high loft fleece.
A little ruffle and ribbon were added for a 3 D effect then I made a quilt sandwich with another piece of fleece and stitched around the jar and quilted the background.  This made the jar look like it pops off the background.  
The quilting is figure eights and swirls. 
Do you practice your freemotion quilting before stitching it?

I have to get my brain into the design before I can stitch it.

8 Days a Week
A jar full of love.

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 1 - 8 is Great
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  8" x 8"
Fusible Applique with black stitching,  Ruffle
Freemotion quilting "8's"  by me

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
January 8th
by clicking 

The next challenge will be coming up next weekend.
Are you ready to join us?


Mel Beach said...

Wow! What a lovely mini quilt you made. I really like how you incorporated the #8 into your background quilting--very clever. Not only did you finish this in less than a week but you also turned it into a pattern for others...bonus points!!

Janie Kemp said...

Another sweet quilt from you. Thanks for the pattern.
This little quilt is darling.

Needled Mom said...

Gr8 idea!

Carol said...

Carla, I love this! So cute and cleverly done with so many 8s! I like your description of your mulling the idea in your brain for some days--I do that too, especially when I can't get to my sewing machine. I practice my FMQ designs too--a must to do them decently. Thanks for sharing!

Carol S. said...

Oh my gosh, Carla, I love this! It is cute, cute, cute!

Trish Frankland said...

I'm in awe - you're wonder woman. Such a cute, happy project. I love all the 3D, and your quilting cannot be beat. <3 <3

PersimonDreams said...

This is beyond adorable! Love that you're still joining in all the fun. The ruffle on the lid makes it extra special!

Betty C said...

What a cute project and story. Thanks for the pattern.

Bizarre Quilter said...

really gorgeous sentiments... and such a pretty finish! thank you for the pattern!

What program did you use to draw it up? Is that illustrator? see you next challenge xo