Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Modern Group Quilt

Once a month, for almost two years now, I host a modern quilt group at my house.  Though we are just four members strong, we are a productive little group!  This is our latest project:
About 6-8 months ago, our main guild had a call out for large 5' x 7' quilts, and we wanted to use up our scraps.  Basing our quilt idea on one we saw in Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg, we each choose three colors, and made up 15" blocks using white in the center. 

After seeing the progress with those 9 blocks, and with the addition of another member, we chose needed colors/values to make the remaining blocks.  Then one member assembled the blocks, another member put on the borders, and I got to quilt it!  

Two important factors went into the quilting:  the thread color, and the quilting itself. I chose a neutral grey beige thread, specifically Glide 10WG6, warm grey. That played happily with all the colors and values in this quilt.

Then the quilting design.  I could have done an allover free hand or panto design, but because of the variety in the quilt, it needed something more. And I wanted to include the borders in that design, not setting them apart as in a traditional quilt.  My inspiration?  An underground walkway in San Diego!
Isn't this just gorgeous???  All that texture!  So, I started doodling more designs as part of my daily drawing exercises,
forming the basis for the quilting on this quilt.  Lots of waves of different textures!




The only waves that repeat are the top and bottom piano keys and pebbles, tying everything together.  In these shots, the waves are visible moving across the quilt.



And everything shows up beautifully on the back!







Now the quilt is in the hands of the last member, who is charged with the binding.  So proud of all our work, and can't wait to show it off to the other guild members!

Happy Quilting!



6 comments:

  1. You are a phenom! I could look at that quilt forever and keep seeing something different - just like watching the ocean waves come into the sand, it is mesmerizing. I love it!
    Kathy T. in Tampa (Stashbusters)

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  2. What a wonderful quilt! The blocks have so much going on -- the quilting is like a path to connect them. Thanks for posting to Stashbusters.

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  3. How beautiful. You are all quite talented.

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  4. Hmmm...I thought I already posted a comment but it's not showing up, so if you get 2 comments from me it's google's fault! Anyway...I think your quilting is phenomenal! Did you use rulers for your straight lines? I'm SO impressed with what you (and your friends) have done!

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  5. Love the quilting. My dream is to be able to do something like this one day. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. I'm familiar with the quilt from "Sunday Morning Quilts" that inspired this one and truly enjoy your take on it. As for the quilting, all I can say is WOW. I'm a newbie FMQer, and my brain can't barely wrap itself what you accomplished here!

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