Betsy’s One Block Challenge

Each Quilt Market, I track down two of my favorite people in the quilting industry — Annette Plog and Betsy Chutchian! These ladies are amazing designers, authors (remember my review of Annette’s True Blue book?), and quiltmakers, and Betsy designs gorgeous fabric for Moda. So when I saw that Annette was hosting a One-Block Challenge whose rules were to use any of Betsy’s fabrics and her choice of block — the Double T block — I knew I had to join in! (The challenge is open until the end of March, so there’s still time!)

So, I grabbed all my Betsy fabrics! You can see in the pic above that I don’t have very much anymore — most of it went into my Splendid Sampler quilt. I’m always drawn to browns and yellows, so I used those as the focus, and added an assortment of creams from my packs of mini charm squares.

I started this quilt without a plan. I first made the center Double T block, which finishes at 6″ square. Then I added a border of creams to frame the block.

Since I didn’t have a lot of fabric to begin with, I knew the quilt couldn’t be too large. After playing around with a few ideas, I decided to echo the block, using the small block as the center square of the larger Double T block.

I used scraps for my backing and quilted diagonal lines across the quilt. I used a floral red for the binding to frame the quilt and help the colors in the fabrics pop.

Playing without a pattern and getting creative in this challenge was so fun! And it helped me through some of the stress that was our home inspection for our upcoming move!

Thanks to Annette for the challenge and Betsy for the beautiful fabrics! I can’t wait to see what everyone else makes!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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