Sunday, January 24, 2021

Project QUILTING - Season 12 - Challenge 2

Fussy Cut

Welcome to Challenge 2!!  And... Welcome to the wonderful world of Project QUILTING hosted by Kim Lapacek @ Persimon Dreams!!  This is my 2nd year of participation in the Challenge.  Trish Frankland @ QuiltChicken is the creator of the crazy challenges that participants will face during the next 12 weeks.

Sassy @ Farm Quilter got me started at the beginning of Season 11 by inviting her readers to join in the fun.  Will you come alongside me in this creative journey?  It's a wild ride, but oh SEW rewarding!  I'm dragging my friend LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color along this season.  She ROCKED the first challenge!  You can see it HERE.

Challenges are given and start to finish you have ONE WEEK to complete your project.  PQ 12.2 can be found at this LINK.

Step One...

Read the instructions to see what is required of the first challenge.  Here's what Trish had to say:

The term “fussy cut” means “to target and cut in order to feature a specific motif.” In quilting, we use the term to describe the situation when you selectively use parts of a fabric’s design in a block or swatch to enhanced effect.
It’s a fun way to highlighting a favorite character in a kid quilt. You see it where a special fabric is used in the center of a pieced block. Also, it’s used to amazing effect in English paper piecing projects.
This week, I’m asking you to give that a try. Fussy cut some beloved fabrics and feature the best parts!
Check out this awesome post at Quilting Daily with the Top Ten Fussy Cutting Tips.

Step Two...

Whine and cry, while lamenting that I can't think of what to do.  (Maybe not SEW helpful!)  Then I followed the link Trish provided, once I reread the rules for this challenge.  This calmed me down a bit.

Why, Joyful???

Well, I just happen to have a HUGE stack of novelty prints:

I had hoped to play with them some weeks ago.  I even have a glimmer of an idea about what I want to do with them.  Let's hope they want to be fussy cut!

Step Three...

Gather supplies:

Step Four...

Review the rules:

Rule 1:

Some part of your project must be fussy cut.

Rule 2:

You have one week to meet the challenge. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline – that is, started on or after January 17, 2021, and posted by noon Central January 24, 2021.

Rule 3:

Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.

Rule 4:

Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements: include patchwork, include appliqué, have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

Rule 5:

Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline.

Rule 6:

To qualify to win prizes, link up at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, January 24th at noon CST (here’s a link to time zone converter to calculate for Central Standard Time:

  • Add to the linky the URL of your project’s blog post, public instagram picture, or public facebook posting.  This post – How to Link Up a Link Up may help  you.
  • Alternately, by 11am on Sunday, January 24 you may email a picture and description to {} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line. Yes – that deadline is one hour earlier because it requires more work for Kim.
Step Five... PLAY!!!

My inspiration was (yet again) January's Scrappy Nine Patch Challenge and the cover of this book:

I still thought I might like to make a "twofer" quilt.  I have visions of a quilt big enough to suit that challenge, but using the parameters required for this one.

Here is an in-depth look at the construction process...

(Scroll down to the bottom of the post NOW, if you don't have time to basically watch me make my quilt.)

I started again with a completely different stack of scraps:

Here is the fabric...

... Which I decided to use for my fussy cutting:

I played with the layout to determine the best one:

At the same time, I tested some border options:


I ended up with this quilt top:

Then I went a step further...

... And worked on a fussy cut backing, as well:

A bit of minimal quilting came next...

What will you do for the binding, Joyful???

With 2 days remaining until the deadline, I decided on a POP! of red:

With little more than 3 hours left until the 12 noon (Central time) deadline, I present my completed entry for PQ 12.2, displayed on the Gallery Wire in my studio:

The front:

And this is the back:

There is usually a reason that I participate in these challenges...

... And this time, it was because I felt obligated, since I had dragged LeeAnna into it.  It wouldn't be right to abandon her only one challenge in!

There you have it...

Process, product, and the REAL reason for accepting this Challenge.

Follow THIS LINK to the Season 12 overview.  Check back on the Challenge release days (or sign-up to be notified automatically) and there may be one that YOU just can't resist.

It's a SHORT turnaround time!

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, that doesn't HAVE to be insurmountable.  With a little creativity and a few evenings, you really CAN do this!  My project was begun long after the prompt was announce but was finished with days until the deadline (yet I waiting until the last minute to release my post.)

Sharing with Cynthia

Until next time...
Challenge accepted!!!

Remember:  If I can do this, YOU can do it, too!

(Plus, there's a spot to post your completed Project QUILTING inspired projects AFTER the deadline for any of the challenges.)


  1. Great quilt. The red was definitely right for the binding. I love fussy cutting and the end results.

  2. I have some of that Route 66 fabric! What a fun way to use it, Joy. Great job on your PQ challenge - you did it!

  3. Great project! I think you enjoy the posting right close to the deadline =)

  4. Great job! What a creative backing too! Those novelty fabrics can get left in the stash bucket!

  5. What a fun little project! And well done on fussy cutting on both front and back - woohoo!

  6. Yikes! Amazing folks can get pieces done within a week. It's an interesting concept but I'll keep plodding along on finishing old starts and starting new projects. Love that you used cars on the backing. Heck, it could be the front! Nice job.

  7. Such wonderful fabrics, love them all. Your project is really cute.

  8. This quilt is adorable and I love that pop of red!

  9. Nice play time with the novelty prints!

  10. Super cute! Loved reading about your process and I'm glad you stuck with it!

  11. Thanks for sharing your great process and fussy cutting for this challenge!

  12. Learning a lot after reading your blog on this one. Congrats for winning a prize! Missed the chance to visit in person during the live FB show. Looking forward to seeing what you do this next week!


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