Monday, September 29, 2014

Modern Solids Challenge | Progress ...


Finally took the leap and cut into my beautiful box of Denyse Schmidt's Modern Solids collection for Free Spirit Fabrics. I had been waffling between several different ideas for my entry in the Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration challenge -- with this box of 75 full-spectrum fat quarters, the possibilities are literally endless! -- but ultimately decided to pick a direction and take the plunge.


Inspiration came to be in the form of my friend Angela Pingel's new book, A Quilter's Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I fell in love with her Petal Pushers quilt and envisioned a version in Denyse's bright rainbow of colors, but with a few slight alterations.


First, I had planned on 3 shades of a particular color for each block. But these blocks are BIG! Finishing at 24", the fat quarters don't stretch quite far enough to make a complete block. No worries! I decided to dive into my Denyse Schmidt collection to pull out a couple of coordinating scraps to help complete each block. I thought this felt in the spirit of Denyse's classic log cabin blocks, but with a bit of a twist.


Second, I decided that I am going to assemble the quilt top with the blocks on point. As much as I like Angela's original layout, I prefer to look at these blocks tilted on a 45-degree angle. On point, they are more diamond in shape and remind me of paper lanterns.


I had mentioned previously that the challenge would also entail some fun giveaways, and I am so excited that Free Spirit has provided me with a fat quarter bundle of Denyse Schmidt's Hadley collection for one lucky Quilt Dad winner. Stay tuned for details on how to enter!

10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I can't see the on point layout (,unless I turn my tablet!!l) but those blocks look great and kinda remind me of cat's eyes!!

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  3. I can't see the onpoint photo either.

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  4. I LOVE the pop of pattern in the blocks!!! What an amazing look it gives!! I also cannot see the on point pic! :(

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  5. Love this quilt - the blocks are awesome!!! But honestly, I was expecting your quilt made with a Jolly Bar...hope all is well in your world!! I know you are crazy busy with all your wonderful creating!

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  6. What a beautiful collection of solid fabrics! I just picked up a few Hadley bundles myself. It didn't catch my eye when it first came out but for some reason it's grown on me so much!

    I listened to you on Pat Sloans radio show (it was an older podcast but I've been working my way through the ones that interest me) and I am so impressed by how much you get done. You were right on the money with cutting out tv! It's such a time sucker and as much as I enjoy it, I can get so much more done when I turn the tv off!

    I look forward to seeing the progress on this quilt. I like the bits of scraps added in, really livens it up.

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  7. Looks beautiful so far! Loving that green print up there-- must have been in a collection before I started quilting. I can't wait to see the completed quilt!

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  8. Lovely! Great idea to add in those prints for extra interest on these fun blocks. Can't wait to see more!

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  9. Love your quilt! It is soooo bright and the additional DS prints are like the cherries on top. <3

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