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A Pfabulously Pfun Challenge

September 4, 2012

Hello Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been posting much. It’s been a challenging month in more ways than I care to go into. Some challenges were good and others, not so much, but I have made it through in one piece and have something to share.

I don’t usually take part in challenges any more, but one of my stores, The Fabric Shop in Ruston LA is having a block challenge to celebrate Pfaff’s 150th Anniversary. I thought the challenge sounded interesting, so I decided to participate. The challenge seems simple on the surface. Pfaff Celebration Logo

All you need to do is take their celebration logo (above) and create a quilt block for the challenge. Sounds pretty simple? I thought so too, until I started working with the logo.

I didn’t want my design to simply be the logo centered on the quilt block. I fall asleep just thinking about how boring that would be. I wanted something more interesting. I wanted something that would challenge me creatively and push the boundaries of the logo.

It took me a few days to come up with a design that I liked, but I think it met all my criteria.

Pfaff Challenge Block 1

I can definitely say it was a challenge.

Pfaff Challenge Block 3

The design repeats itself eight times. For it to fit together smoothly as it needs to, the pieces have to be exact. This was a real challenge, because the pieces are so small.

Pfaff Challenge Block 2

Once all the pieces were made, the applique process could begin. For those of you interested, this is all turned-edge applique.

Pfaff Challenge Block 4

After the applique was finished, I sat back and thought . . . “It looks nice, but it’s still missing something.”

Pfaff Challenge Block 5

My first thought was to embellish the block with beads and sequins, but you can’t do that in a challenge like this. I had to find another way to embellish the block.

Pfaff Challenge Block 6

Since I love embroidery, I thought a few decorative stitches here and there would enhance the design, so I added a few simple stitches.

Pfaff Challenge Block 7

I think it turned out well. It’s not my typical style of work, but if you look at the details, I’m all over it.

I had a lot of fun working on this block. The challenge was interesting and challenging on multiple levels. It was fun to play around with new elements and techniques. Stretching your creative muscle is always fun, so I consider this a win-win. The best part of taking on a challenge like this is the wonderful surprise at the end.

Well, that’s all I have to share with you today. Please let me know what you think about my little block. I always love hearing from you.

Have a FABULOUS day!