I’ve seen quilters announcing that their quilts were accepted to Curated Quilts over the past few months. I didn’t know what that meant, and I didn’t pay much attention. Then, while I was working at Gotham Quilts the shipment of magazines arrived, and I was smitten. The magazine is very modern, with a clean, clear design aesthetic.
Last week I was flipping through my phone on the train into the city. Curated Quilts came up again, and I clicked through to check out their call for entries. The deadline was April 1, so it was a really short timeframe for me to design and complete a project. The inspiration was triangle, and this is the color palette.
I sketched out some triangle layouts during my train ride. I have a tiny graph paper notebook that is full of ideas and sketches. I decided to stick with the stacked triangles.
The design gave me fits for a few days. How would I figure out the measurements for the triangles? They wouldn’t be equilateral, because that won’t fit into a square the way I want it to. Plus, which ruler would I use? I didn’t measure, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t any of the angles I have on hand.
Once again, it was shower to the rescue. A good steamy shower always unlocks my creativity. I realized I just needed to draw the pattern onto a big piece of paper and make a foundation paper piecing pattern. Duh.
Out comes the big sketchpad. None of my household members like the big sketchpad. It is huge, and their opinions might be solicited. My boys are very supportive of my quilting when it comes to using the quilts. Discussing or participating in quilt making activities is frowned upon.
I was able to do a good fabric pull from my stash. My first one included a few prints, and my Mom encouraged me to make some adjustments.
This is the final pull. It is mostly solids – the orange is a batik, and the green is an ombré. The plum is a yarn dye. (You can see the Sierpinski’s Triangle my son drew out for me in red ink. He loves that design, but it is a fractal, and would be soooo challenging. Maybe with EPP. Someday.)
Sewing it together was ridiculously easy. I did make two mistakes. First, I stitched a piece on the wrong way, so I had to pick it out. Then, I decided I wanted more of a turquoise blue. After the first side was on, I realized I preferred the lighter blue.
I removed the paper, squared up the top, and layered it onto my longarm. I could have done it on my domestic machine, but I just love using the Gammill whenever I can. Also, loading a tiny piece like this takes me about five minutes now. I used a bunch of my Aurifil collection in this piece. What is it about the mini quilts that drives me to change thread colors so often?
I settled on minimal quilting, in straight lines. That says “modern” to me, and Curated Quilts is definitely a modern publication. Much like with my Grow mini, I decided to play with my Aurifil thread collection. I matched up a thread color to each fabric as best I could. I did add a touch of big stitch quilting. I like the contrast of the very modern look with the folksy touch of the big stitches. I used some Wonderfil Eleganza Perle cotton.
The backing is a piece of a metallic print I sneak into a lot of projects. I decided on a faced binding after watching a tutorial by Carole Lyles Shaw. I did mine a little differently, but this was a first for me, and I really like the effect.
I think this is the most modern quilt I have made to date. Unfortunately, it wasn’t chosen for the magazine, but that is okay. I’m a bit disappointed, but I have this lovely quilt, and my son was actually interested in the pattern. He was discussing making a throw sized version. So, I may not have impressed Curated Quilts, but I did impress my son, which is more important to me.
Have you stretched out of your comfort zone for contests?