Friday, April 7, 2023

Pageant Highlight Reel / Beauties Pageant 211

There’s nothing like the promise of a new project to get me through my current one. And since returning from QuiltCon, I’ve been chipping away at my WIPs, making such good progress that I’m considering what may be next.

I’ve long wanted to make a Pen and Paper Patterns quilt. (Right now, I’m eyeing Sparrow, Pineberry, and Book Nook. A new one—Hello Spring—releases later this month!) But past Beauties Pageants are influencing my to-make list, too ...

Anne-Marie, at Stories from the Sewing Room, recently finished her Chalk quilt. The two-color design, created by Cheryl Brickey, is one I was already familiar with. Seeing Anne-Marie’s completed project, with its made-for-this-project backing fabric, however, has me eyeing the larger cuts in my stash that I need to use up. If you have 4.25 yards of a solid on hand, this pattern may be up your alley, too!

A storm at sea quilt doesn’t appear on my quilty bucket list, but when I saw Karen’s Court Jester, a project that combines this traditional motif with a scrappy approach, I had to reconsider my position. I’ve seen other quilters rely on color gradations to achieve movement with storm at sea projects. The variations of color and value in Karen’s scrappy version (including those borders!) up the ante, making her creation something special. Head to Karen’s Quilts Etc. to see more of this project.

What from previous Beauties Pageants has your creative juices flowing? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. I always enjoy seeing how other people have interpreted a pattern. Sometimes the colors they used inspire me for my own project. Mostly I just like looking at pretty things made by people way more creative than I am! Happy Easter!


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