I previously posted about this quilt here, but at the time I was not excited about blogging, and the post only has two pictures – and you can’t even see the whole quilt!
So I decided to blog about it again with the motivation of entering the quilt in the Hand Quilted sewing category of Amy’s Creative Side Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I have another quilt in the scrappy section, my Mad Farmer’s Medallion. This is a great place to check out other amazing quilts. I am not under any illusion that the quilting on my quilt compares to any of the masterpieces that are also entered in this section! But it’s fun to play along!
Of course, the quilt is both machine and hand-quilted. I made it inspired by Sherri Lynn Wood’s Modern Improv book – loosely based on the floating squares score. The quilting pattern itself is based on one of the quilts in the book – Pocho Dots and Squares by Ashley Newcomb – she used a mix of straight line machine quilting and hand quilted circles using perle cotton. I used a mix of embroidery hoops to make my different sized circles.
The quilt was made as part of the improve challenge the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild did this spring. I organized the challenge so I felt like I needed to work really hard on my entry! I assigned everyone random Kona color swatches, and I got Kona Mango. I wanted to challenge myself to tone down the bold color into something sweeter.
I really struggled with this quilt ! I loved the main floral which is a lovely voile from Liesl Gibson’s line. It definitely fulfills the sweet category but I realized I don’t make a lot of sweet quilts – and also I am not sure the method of improv I chose is very conducive to sweetness.
I kept trying to make more rounded shapes, but they felt too obvious so I ended up cutting them smaller and smaller, and adding more and more cream and white fabrics.
In the end, I am happy with the end product – especially with snuggling under it. It is mostly voiles and it has ended up a very dreamy light weight pretty summer quilt.
The backing is a vintage sheet that was in my Grandma’s house when she moved out. I saved it from the trash – it is so thin it is practically voile weight as well.
I had to piece together the back some, but you can’t really tell – though you can definitely tell it is more worn in the middle.
The binding is a voile in Kona Mango – I didn’t realize they made Kona voile!