Brown Bag Challenge

What do princess and race cars, Christmas and Easter, music and dogs have in common?  They are all fabrics that came in a little brown bag.
One of my guilds has a brown bag challenge every year.  I love it!  One of the ladies came up with the idea, and she has been in charge every year since.  She cuts a gazillion 5″ squares (this year they are 5 1/2″ for some reason) and gives each of us a brown bag full of squares.  There are usually around 75-ish. 
The fabrics are completely random.  There’s always a bunch of conversational prints with plenty of blenders and non-blending blenders.  The rule is you have to use at least part of every square.  There is also a rule limiting the extra fabric added to a total of one yard of two at most different fabrics.  (Sometimes some of us fudge this rule a bit.)
Our guild show is Monday, and we always have at least a dozen brown bag quilts there.  That’s why I have been busy sewing mine up today.  I made the mistake of taking an extra bag this year.  I was the last one to get it, and there was an extra.  My thinking was that I could make it bigger for a QOV.
I should have stopped at the make it bigger part.


  1. Pauline
    July 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

    This sounds like a lot of fun, wanna share the contents of your *two* bags so we can see your progress?!

  2. Jan
    July 22, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Can’t wait to see the results.

  3. Kari
    July 22, 2011 at 3:00 am

    What a fun project!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  4. KaHolly
    July 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

    What a great idea!!

  5. Teresa
    July 23, 2011 at 1:30 am

    How fun…can’t wait to see pictures of what people did.

  6. Gayle
    July 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Sounds like a great challenge for any group. Wonderful idea.