I recently attended Sewtopia in Atlanta. You could choose to participate in a fabric challenge – in this case it was using Michael Miller fabrics. I decided I would use the 3 solids and 1 of the prints ( the four most right) in my quilt. I also added 3 additional Cotton Couture; the blue, green, orange for a pop-art feeling.
I decided that my Treehouse Ladder Design would be great to play with the these bright fabrics. This was one of my designs from Quilt Design a Day.
I loved how it turned out, especially the balance of color. I made a couple of design changes:
- Worked on color placement and decided to add white.
- Decided that the print was too overpowering for the solids and decided to just use partial pops of the print.
- Added additional ladders in column 4 and flipped column 5.
- Deciding on black striped binding, in line with the pop art feel
I had an interesting time with the back as I made two of them. My first make will now be a quilt as it didn’t seem quite right for this one and could easily hold its own as a front. It’s a large improvisation Log Cabin block
I simplified the back using a simple improve strip with left over Grey Cotton Couture I had from a previous quilt.
The quilting was to echo the ladders both vertically and horizontally. I used invisible thread (premium sulky invisible thread), as there was no good color that matched the bright color palette of this quilt. Additionally, I added 5 quilted detail areas in light grey Aurifil thread, to add interest (example: top left).
This quilt will be donated to our Guild’s (Triangle MQG) Charity.
Name: Treehouse Ladders
Design: Designed by me
Fabric: Michael Miller Cotton Couture and Valencia, Color Play Blue, Laura Gunn
Binding: Michael Miller, Stripes, Clown Stripe in White
Dimensions: 42″ x 42″
Quilted: Straight Line quilting, Premium Sulky Invisible thread, FMQ, Aurifil light Grey 50 wt
Linking up for Finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts.