This fabric was really appropriate for the spring 2016 Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge, because I would never have purchased this on my own to create a design. The coordinating solids are from the Fat Quarter Shop (white for the front and binding), and silver cloud for the back. Which is not the cool silver I expected, but a warm grey; and the pewter I also ordered–well, I would call it distinctly beige.
I struggled with the rigid geometry of the print, then came up with a design of the medallion based on a dresden wheel, adding colours with fabric markers (more on my design process here). And I am really happy with the final result! It finishes at 28.5 inches square, and I am planning to add a hanging sleeve and use it as a wall hanging.
For the quilting, I went with minimal marking and accentuated the rainbow wheel using curved lines (and by the way, the IDT (integrated walking foot) system on my new Pfaff worked like a charm!). I then echoed the petals thus formed to the edge of the centre square, followed with ditch quilting around the flying geese. For the corners, I thought about ghost geese, then decided to use a rainbow array of threads. Rather than boring myself with 24 triangles of straight lines, I used a variety of micro-sized free motion motifs. And then had a million threads to bury, but who’s counting? Threads used were:
Aurifil white (2024) black (2692) red (2230) grey (2600, for the bobbin during the rainbow free motion quilting)
Gutermann green (704) blue (619) orange (1720) purple (6110) yellow (827)
And doesn’t the back look amazing?
Now I’m off to enter this quilt in the spring #mqgfabricchallenge, wish me luck!