Our Guild has decided to participate in the QuiltCon Charity Challenge 2016. The theme is Improv with intent and it uses a limited color palette. I have been so inspired by #beesewcial (check out the hashtag on IG) that I was so excited about this challenge, even though the color palette is a little scary (1/2 the colors very bold, the other 1/2 very neutral).
Our guild did things a little different but playing in the rules:
- Each person was allowed to pick fat eighths of any or all the colors that the MQG had selected.
- We chose to stick with solids only.
- Also, we added that the block must have a triangle in the design.
- One block required by each person who collected F8’s.
I am so inspired right now with the abstract movement, I think that you will definitely see that in both my designs. My first design, I wanted to use the white, black and grey in stripes and just have pops of color.
That turned into this…
I loved the whole process of using no rulers and just using my rotary cutter, ignoring 1/4 seam allowance as I pieced pieces together. It made it seem so much quicker (maybe 30 minutes). I had plenty of fabric left over.
That night, I was thinking about how the past week at work, deadlines and having family visiting had made me feel a little more stressed/pressured lately. I was trying to relax and the idea of a second block popped into my head, opposing triangles pushing down (or up) on a line. I literally jumped off the sofa and put the idea into this next improv block.
I have to say this is one of my favorite blocks ever. I really wish I was making the whole quilt :-)…maybe over Christmas break I can come back to playing/experimenting.
It is so fun seeing my guild’s and other guild’s blocks coming alive….check out #quiltconcharityquilt.
You’ve got great colours to work with, too. Nothing like a bit of improv to relax the mind…
they are great blocks. I’d really like to watch you making a whole quilt like this!
I love the minimalist look and pops of color in the first block, but I can feel the pressure of the second block as well. It will be fun to see how your guild’s charity quilt comes together!
Both wonderful, but wow that second block! I’ve had family visiting this week, too and dang do I feel that block!
The addition of ivory is really what makes it turn the corner for me. Such an inspired improv….