I am not very good at following through on activities that require something every day, whether its following a diet and tracking, or doing a 30 day or 100 day challenge. However, I was given an opportunity to participate in a 100 day showcase, and decided to take it. I had this idea that had been percolating for a while.
The idea and initial limits were:
- Use a variety colored angled blocks together in one quilt
- Use of two colors and white per block
- Angles for each color were cut without planning (improvisation).
- Use my Denyse Schmidt Free Spirit solids box that I had been saving in a draw for years.
The process of creating blocks was very interesting and a few additional design decisions were made along the way:
- By day 20, I already felt overwhelmed by the angles and color and thought it needed more balance. So, single white blocks were incorporated into the design to provide much needed negative space. I think this is a great example of how to use negative space and how it can interact and be part of the overall design.
- I added two additional block modifications. I included 3 blocks with one color and white, more as accent pieces. I also included 3 blocks with just two colors and no white.
- I alternated the direction of the blocks to create some great negative space designs.
- I also started positioning them on a diagonal gradient like a scatter plot / correlation (hence the name and relates to my day job).
I loved how it turned out. I love the color, the balance and the fact there’s always something to find in the blocks. Check out #100daysofcoloredangles for progress shots.
For the quilting, I knew I was going to use straight line quilting. I also though about the quilt as a single block, so the quilting was done at angles like one of the original single block designs. I taped out the angles I was going to use, and leveraged the 1″ think tape as border lines for the 1/2″ quilting lines. In each area the lines follow various angles.
The binding was matched to one of the accent pieces, which I am super pleased with how that turned out.
I have multiple ideas now for additional quilts of this nature and will probably make one or two more. It was fun and very happy to add the easier negative space blocks to the quilt. It made the 100 days much easier to complete.
Name : Correlation
Design: Design by myself
Fabric: Kona White; Denyse Schmidt, Modern Solids, Free Spirit
Binding: Kona Aruba
Dimensions: 55 x 60″
Quilted: Straight Line 1/2′ quilting with Aurifil 2021.