Monday, July 4, 2011

The Jinny Beyer Challenge - Design Board Monday

Happy 4th Everyone - Thank God for Freedom and this wonderful country!!

Well taking a little break from the Crosses Series, to get working on my Jinny Beyer challenge.  You see our local quilt shop has issued a challenge in preparation for Jinny coming to lecture at this year's Quilting Around Chautauqua.  They hold this annual event at the famous Chautauqua Institute and there will be over 800 quilts there.  The challenge consists of you buying a complete 150 charm set of Jinny Beyer's fabric palette and then making some kind of project with using at least 25 of them.  Each charm is 2" by 4" and OMG!  they were fun to fan through your fingers!  Jinny really has put together a useful line of basics.

Inspirational photo
So I've had the set for a couple of months now - just thinking over what I wanted to do with them.  All spring I've had this growing fascination with stones, stone walls, and caves. The more I looked at the charms - the more I saw stone walls.  After picking out just the right inspirational picture, I started placing the stones.  I used a pellon base and then added a black fabric for the "mortar".  The stones were pinned onto the black fabric being placed by value.  I'm not fusing them since it would all start looking too flat for my taste.

I've auditioned a couple of fabric for the base foreground but none seemed just right - so I bet I'll end up painting one.  That should be interesting since I've never done that before (grin).  I'm also in the process of auditioning the fabrics for the inside of the "cave".

Ya know, this is another one of those projects where its all about value baby!!! 
Check out more design walls at Judy's Patchworks!


  1. This looks like such fun! I like what you are doing so far.......keep plugging away!

    Painting fabric..........may I suggest... I painted the background of my fish art piece. Didn't like the color blend, so washed it before applying heat. Started to look the way I wanted.
    Moral of this is, do things unexpected and you ay be happy and surprised :)

  2. Oh my this is totally awesome! I love it!

  3. Wow this looks such an interesting project, well done
    Happy Room Diana

  4. Wow! Looks wonderful. Can't wait to see it finsihed.

  5. Fascinating inspiration photo, and your interpretation is great- good luck with it.

  6. Oh my goodness! That is beautiful! Love how it is turning out. Can't wait to see more of it.

    Have a wonderful day

  7. I'll have to come back and follow this quilt as it emerges. Value can be tricky and I'm not totally comfortable with it yet. Will be a teaching moment for me. Thanks!

  8. Thoroughly fascinating! Great inspsiration photo too.

  9. This is going to be a spectacular quilt!

  10. Oh my -- took my breath away! This is going to be wonderful!

  11. Rock On! (couldn't resist the stone cold pun)... Love how you've risen to the challenge--great job.


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