Sue Spargo posted this lovely quilt last July, but I was struck by the quilting today while browsing for inspiration. Click on the picture below to go to the original post – then click on her picture for an enlargement – it’s the second to last quilt in her post. And if you click on the quilt picture one more time, it will enlarge further, so you can see how each square was quilted.
Last month, Caroline distributed fabric to make confetti blocks, but she discovered when making a pieced sample that she could get a similar look just by raw-edge appliquéing the confetti pieces onto the background. She asked us to leave a ¼” raw edge, so the material would fray in the wash.
I took a creative step and overlapped some of the pieces. She had some precious scraps of an elephant batik to highlight.
This month Jaime asked us to make a pieced confetti block, using a white background. Her sample though used a gorgeous Moda Solid (not Bella). We’re all looking in our stashes for more “Solids by Moda” taupe, because she doesn’t have enough to finish her quilt. Each square takes a fat quarter.
Here’s my version! You’ll notice some of the same fabrics as we used in the wonky star quilt.
I’m not sure if Claudia started with the background or a focus, but I do know she was drawn to wonky triangles because it was so different looking. Green Moda Grunge background is the perfect complement to the prints. The book’s instructions were easy to follow, but I know more than one person didn’t keep track of her rectangles’ positions, which made it a mini-challenge to sew them back together. A couple of people played outside the box with mini triangles or ginormous ones making the squares a lot of fun. The variety of sizes keeps it interesting and modern. The picture is a collage of the blocks she received.
Was it love at first sight in the book? Yes, for me anyway. When Venita requested the hexagon block, I had my doubts about actually making it however. This despite the fact I helped my mom deconstruct my grandmother’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, and appliqué 24 hexagon flowers onto pillows. Hand appliqué.
Turns out, this block was fun to make, no doubt due in part to machine appliqué. I think the hardest part was deciding on how many hexies to make and where to place them. I even skipped the part about joining them together before attaching to the background.
Five members’ blocks below:
Modern Quilt Relish makes great patterns – the challenge is selecting just the right fabrics. I had fun with this one and cut the block size down a bit from the original. I found this pattern in the current McCall’s Fast Quilts.
This is another great pattern from Modern Quilt Relish. My first take was full-size in gray and cheddar. I’m looking forward to all the machine quilting in the negative space!
Nancy’s direction for her block was “Five cuts minimum”. That’s it. Nothing else. Oh, she did have an inspirational photo, which inspired me, but everyone else took off on their own tangent. Five different strips and one large rectangle of a beautiful floral – five cuts at least – go to town. Oh, and we could add fabric if so moved.
She basted and started free motion quilting in the upper left corner. Go Nancy! I’m looking forward to seeing it finished.