Fresh off the heels of the Riley Blake Challenge, the Modern Quilt Guild announced a new fabric challenge sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. As always, free fabric and a new challenge is always welcome!
Around the time that this challenge was announced, I had attended a lecture and workshop given by Jacquie Gering. I was so inspired to adopt a very improvisational attitude when it comes to my quilting projects. I immediately dove in and started slicing the challenge fabric without too much direction in mind.
I created several random sized blocks. Even though I liked each block individually, I wasn't sure where I was going with it. I decided to change my direction.
I came across West Elm's Snow Peaks Carpet and thought that there is something there. I loved the used of vertical lines and negative space. The vertical lines worked great with the random sized strips of fabric I already had cut.
The quilt top is composed of a combination of scrappy, patterned and solid equilateral triangle blocks. Using the triangles as a guideline, the top was straighline quilted in multiple directions. This effect created zig zags, triangles and diamonds. I thought it would be suitable to name the quilt "Changing Directions". The overall dimesions of the quilt are 52"wide x 75"long. The perfect size for curling up on the sofa.
Back in October, The Modern Quilt Guild announced that they were holding their 3rd annual Fabric Challenge. This year the challenge was sponsored by Riley Blake Fabrics. Each member was given 6 fat eighths of fabric.
The rules were simple:
The deadline for this challenge is tomorrow (February 17, 2014). In true form, I finished my quilt today!
My creation changed designs many, many times. I impulsively cut the fabric long ago with a specific design in mind. However, the more I thought about it, the more the design changed.
I fell in love with this graphic I found on Pinterest. It was a graphic that was being sold by Etsy Artist, Noelle O'Reilly. Sadly, this print is no longer being sold on Etsy. I thought that it would make a great modern quilt!
Creating this quilt was definitely a challenge for me as the pieces are very asymmetrical and therefore required me to have a "go-with-it" attitude. Here is the result:
It would have been a shame if I didn't use up the rest of the fabric I had cut, so I used it all on the back.
After swearing off pebble free motion quilting after quilting the king sized "Olde Stone House Delft Quilt", I decided it was time to use it again. I quilted the "birch trees" in a very linear quilting and filled in the rest with pebbles. It went a lot faster this time around and I am very happy with the result. Here are a few close up shots:
If you are interested in seeing what other Modern Quilt Guild Members came up with you can search #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Twitter, Instagram or Flickr. It was interesting to see what everyone came up with. There are so many wonderful and talented quilters out there!
For those of you who may not know, I am a member of the London Modern Quilt Guild Canada which is a smaller branch of the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild. I have been a member for a couple of months now. Meetings are held every second Saturday of each month at Hyggeligt Fabrics on Richmond row (beautiful shop by the way). I look forward to it every month. I don't know many people who share my love for quilting so this is a great venue to learn and share all things quilty.
The Modern Quilt Guild is holding its 3rd annual fabric challenge sponsored by Riley Blake Designs. Each member that signed up for the challenge received 6 fat-eighths of fabric. Free fabric is always welcome and very cool! Our guild split up the fabric in 3 1/2" strips. A little bit different than a fat eighth. It switches up the challenge just a tiny bit.
The rules of the challenge are simple:
The original deadline has been extended to February 17, 2014. This lessens the pressure to be super creative in a short period of time.
Now the question is, WHAT to create? Any suggestions?
I'm Sheilagh Raynor. I'm just a girl who loves to create. Welcome to my quilting journey...
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