Love a Challenge

I can’t believe the time has come– the great reveal.

A reminder: six of us met at the International Quilt Market in Houston this past year, lollygagging about Vanessa Christenson’s booth. Vanessa, of V. & Co., a designer for Moda, gave us each a candy pack of her newest line, Color Me Happy. Here we are, happy:

Challenge Girls 2013

[Becca TammyJulieBrooke, Vanessa, Joanna and Sally.]

We determined to develop our own challenge, using Vanessa’s fabrics and solid Kona cottons of our choosing. (I used a charm pack for variety.) Today is the chosen share-day. Valentine’s, you know– sappy love paramount. With that mushiness in mind, I chose to represent our group’s first meeting. Seven of us, including our token fabric designer, of course. This is, almost precisely, a fabric version of the pencil sketch I designed in my hotel room (around midnight) the night we all met.

Selfie Love


It’s called “Selfie Love,” and is destined to wing its way to Sally. It was her laughter, after all, that invited me into the group. It was also her self-proclaimed ‘selfie photo tour’ that inspired the image above– the heart originally also a camera, one member’s arm extended to take the group pic. [The background is from a jelly roll of Vanessa’s previous line, Simply Color, I believe. ]

Selfie Love: close-up

So, on this 14th of 2014, we share greetings from our new fabric sisterhood. Let’s do this again sometime, shall we ladies? And, random readers? GO BUY VANESSA’S FABRIC!!! “Color Me Happy”– it works magic.

Much love, ~jo

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5 thoughts on “Love a Challenge

  1. Julie

    This is amazing Joanna! True work art!

  2. Gorgeous! I love all the colors and the sense of unity. to the design. Excellent work!

  3. Lynda H

    I love this piece – the colors, the image, the pinking, the meaning – great job

  4. That’s super cute! I love all the colors.

  5. karamat


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