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Three-Dimensional Quilt Challenge

Quilt challenge projects include a starfish, kimono and purse.

Rachel Clark's Quilted Purse


focus fabric and lining
canvas or muslin fabric
quilting notions


1. Draft the purse design (figure 1A).

2. Piece together the block and center the block on a foundation of canvas or muslin (figure 1B).

3. Position the border fabric strips on sides and press in place.

4. Add a wide second border that extends beyond the foundation layer.

5. Create two purse side sections and add batting.

6. Quilt to batting and foundation (figure 1C) (canvas or muslin) before attaching the purse lining.

7. Cut narrow bias strips for sidepieces and wide bias strips for the purse’s top.

8. Cut fabric extensions for the zipper.

9. Fuse the lining onto the interfacing.

10. Position cellphone, notebook and checkbook pockets onto lining (figure 1D) and stitch in place.

11. Baste the lining and the top of purse (feather star block) together.

12. Stitch the purse’s sidepieces and narrow bias to the sides (figure 1E).

13. Attach bias binding to the purse's exterior, except for the top of purse.

14. Add the zipper extension to top of purse and attach the wide binding (figure 1F) to the top of purse.

15. Hand quilt to finish.

Click here to see Rachel Clark's quilted coat project.

Russell Scott's Quilted Kimono


shantung dupioni silk fabric
silk organdy fabric–for quilt backing on silk fabric
cotton fabric
fusible interfacing–to stabilize silk fabric
quilting notions
kimono jacket pattern

Crazy slice technique:
This jacket is made from one piece of silk cloth that has been manipulated (add manipulate silk image) into the desired arrangement to create the effect of different shades of silk fabric. Place multiple pieces of silk fabric on top of one another and cut, flip and cut into block segments to create a patchwork effect on the quilted jacket. Stitch the blocks together.


1. Treat shantung dupioni silk to give the fiber more structure and create a more resilient jacket. To treat: Attach fusible rayon interfacing (figure 2A) to the silk fabric.

2. Draft the feathered star pattern onto paper. Create a mirror image (figure 2B) and photocopy into a larger section.

3. The feathers (half-square triangles) are cut from the cotton fabric.

4. Foundation piece (figure 2C) pattern pieces together into five units and press seams open to avoid bulk in the block.

5. Use silk organdy (figure 2D) lightweight fabric instead of batting when ready to quilt your jacket. This creates a drape effect to the jacket without producing a stiff quilted look.

Click here to see how Russell Scott quilted four red and white blocks together from a previous challenge quilt.

Linda Johansen's Quilted Starfish


heavy-duty stabilizer
fusible web
silk organza fabric
quilting notions
tailor tack foot
ostrich feather trim


1. Draft a pentagon pattern (figure 3A) and break down into segments (figure 3B).

2. Photocopy the starfish arms and paper piece (figure 3C).

3. Attach heavy-duty stabilizer with fusible webbing into both the center section and each arm area to provide dimension (figure 3D) to the starfish.

4. Add surface embellishments as desired.

5. Draft another pattern for the underside of the starfish.

6. Fringe with a tailor tack foot (figure 3E).

7. Stitch starfish together and attach ostrich feather trim for embellishment and to cover the edge of the starfish.

8. Attached silk organza (figure 3F) to create a seaweed effect.*

* Guest hand-dyed the silk organza fabric and cut it into a circle and burned the edges so it wouldn’t fray.

Click here to see Linda Johansen's fabric bowls.

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