I came with only the following two goals in my mind:
- I wanted to try some new things.
- I wanted to see what kind of a Modern Quilt I could make in my own style.
My original plan was to make a bunch of small modern quilts -- about 12x12 inches.
I conceived of the first quilt as a nine-patch and so it was:
As you can see, quilting camouflages a multitude of sins!
For the binding, I did a facing, following this online tutorial. I love the clean look of the edges and the back is beautiful!
- I tried so many new things: designing my own pieced quilt, paper piecing, straight line quilting, and facing. Yay for me for being brave and trying things!
- I really enjoyed the straight line quilting. It was much more creative than I thought it would be. There were decisions about distance, thread color, direction -- lots to play with!
- I adore the color shift in the design. The whole light to dark optical illusion with the triangle and orange bar is way cool!
- I looooooove the color palette. I was working with what I had on hand, but I feel really good about my choices.
- Facing, facing, facing. I can't imagine why I would ever use a traditional binding again. I love the clean look of the facing. It's gorgeous and let's the quilt design breathe!
What I would change about this quilt:
- My first time doing straight line quilting and I need to figure out how you knot the thread at the end and beginning of each line without backstitching. Hmmm...I feel a google search coming on!
- I need to learn more about paper piecing! I was kind of figuring out how to paper piece as I was designing a paper piecing pattern and so most of my points don't match, which is the whole point of paper piecing.
- While this is 100% my own design from start-to-finish, I'm not sure if feels like me? Perhaps I have to open up my definition of what feels like me? Or perhaps I have to find a way to add a little personal flair to modern quilting. Modern quilting has such a minimalist aesthetic that it can be difficult to insert your own personality.
- One of the quilters at the retreat suggested arranging the blocks so that they weren't in two rows. I felt nervous about that choice, so I didn't make it. I'd like to try doing that on another quilt in the future!
Well, that should wrap up the quilt posts for a little while -- at least until I get April's quilt done!
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