Lectures and Workshops

Saturday, October 24, 2020

My Midcentury Modern Quilt


Eek! This is a big finish for me. Well, not literally. It's actually not a huge quilt, about 46"x48", but the whole process of the making was fun and new.

Somehow, a couple of months ago, I became intrigued by midcentury modern graphics. At some point I decided to try drafting some into quilt blocks. It began with color selection. Even this part took several days, as I auditioned different colors from my stash, let them sit, switched some out, etc etc. These are all Moda Bella and Kona cottons

Then the designing and assembly began! Some blocks were entirely pieced, or paper pieced. This diamond block proved to be especially tricky.

Other blocks lended themselves more to raw edged appliqué...
and this block required a combination of traditional piecing and appliqué...

Several instagram followers asked if I would provide a pattern for my quilt after I finished. After mulling it over a bit, my answer was no, I would not. First off, I pretty much designed each block on the fly! I have some rough sketches I made along the way, but no precise measurements or any of that. Second, I selfishly wanted my quilt to be one of a kind. I struggled with that, but in the end that was my decision.

I delivered my finished topper to my friend Diann at Happy Quilts to work her quilty magic. She found the perfect design (she always does!) which reminds me of the Jetsons in a way.


Those cosmic swirly star shapes really added to the mood of the quilt I think.

Today we had a guild zoom sew day and it was the perfect opportunity to stitch down the binding. Such a satisfying finish.

oh, and can we take a moment to appreciate my wild and crazy covid curly hair? slightly out of control. haha!


 

5 comments:

Debbie said...

Your MCM quilt came out SO good! I agree, what a wonderful pairing with that quilting! It's very cool that you designed your blocks yourself, and I don't blame you keeping it an original

Debbie said...

It is sooooo beautiful. Great, great job.

Maria said...

That’s a fantastic quilt and very special as it’s your own design....well done
Yes the quilting is a perfect choice.....

Connie said...

My goodness, that looks far beyond my quilting ability . . . you have reason to display it proudly. You are one talented girl . . . sew lovely!

Unknown said...

This is a lovely quilt! If you decided to sell the pattern, please let me know! I would be first inline to purchase!