Each year our longarm group holds a challenge to create a piece based on a specific pattern each year. You can modify the pattern, create any size, or even create a garment or bag. Possibilities are wide open. I did not find the time to participate last year and almost did not this year but finally decided I would take 3 days to cut, sew and quilt the top.
I opted to use just 3 blocks turned like a heart and created different fills on this. I used part of one day just to mark some grids, then all one day to quilt. It really saves time when grids are marked and you don’t have to measure over with each row! It is not a judged event, just a challenge to us personally. I tried using fills with feathers flowing on top of the grids. Also the checkerboard background I had never stitched out. It came out rather cool!