My challenge project for the summer Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge is getting close to completion–well, the top is, at least. After auditioning Kona Iron, Coal, and Ash, I decided to use the Kona Iron as my background fabric. This pattern is mostly based on the centre of a quilt called Wyoming Star, which was designed by Vicki Lynn Oehlke of Willowberry Lane. This will finish at 42 inches square.
Lesson learned number 1–plan out your cutting before you start cutting–because I got to the last round of the quilt and realized I didn’t have big enough pieces to finish it off. This is serendipity of course because I decided to add pinwheels in each corner of the quilt, and that’s what I’m finishing up tonight.
Lesson number 2–a yard seems like a lot but it’s not when it comes to backgrounds (see also Lesson number 1). (I actually had a one yard cut and another half yard cut for this.)
I am looking forward to using the negative space on the top for free motion quilting on my domestic machine, which is am important element of what may constitute modern quilting. I say “may”, because I think it is important to not get limited by other people’s definitions. Some people say only improvisational piecing is modern, for example. Read this post on the MQG site for a list of techniques which “may” characterize modern quilting.