May’s Blog Hop is Quilt Modern, not exactly my speciality, but ok, I’m up for a challenge. When I think of modern quilts, I think solids, but I was given this beautiful Island Batik fabric designed by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish, called Plum Pudding. The fabric has a vintage feel so modern seemed a bit of a stretch… so what else makes a modern quilt? Negative space, bold colors and prints, high contrast, alternate grid work, and reinventing traditional blocks were some of the descriptions I discovered.
These fabrics are gorgeous! I didn’t want to cut them too small, because I wanted to show off the designs – pinecones, deer, trees, snowflakes. I decided to use my AccuQuilt 4 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ square dies which made my cutting super fast and perfect.
Designing with EQ8 I came up with the following:
Once I cut my shapes, the construction of the blocks was fairly easy; no seams to match. I used a Schmetz Microtex needle for piecing.
Then I played on the design wall to make sure I liked the color placement.
Once I sewed the blocks together the final step was the quilting. I decided to try Hobbs Silk Blend batting. It was so soft and quilted beautifully. I quilted it with Aurifil 50 weight thread in a mauve tone that blended perfectly with the fabrics.
I didn’t want you to miss the backing fabric. It was perfect!
Now this is where I would normally say, “The end”, but I had this dilemma: I still had a lot of fabric left and more ideas swirling in my head, so why not another quilt? I wanted to play with Half Square Triangles… a few ideas:
I used my Tucker Trimmer I ruler from Studio 180 Design to make 5″ Half Square Triangles. I decided on the third design option above.
To quilt it, I used Hobbs cotton batting and the same Aurifil thread.
I hope you enjoyed my journey into modern quilts. I hope you have been following the other Island Batik Ambassadors. If not, you can click on their links below. I have been blown away with their creativity!
- Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
- Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
- Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway
- Megan Best, Bestquilter
- Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
- Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway
End of Blog Hop and Round-Up
Also be sure to enter Island Batik’s Giveaway this week to win this beautiful Glacier Bay fabric.
Disclosure: The products in this post were generously provided by Island Batik, Accuquilt, Aurifil, Schmetz Needles, and Hobbs Batting.