This months challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador was to Make It Modern. My favorite challenge.
The guidelines for this months challenge quilt.
- Crib size or larger using Hobbs Batting
- Any IB fabrics
- Must incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, Minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work.
A few details
Size- 36″ x 44″ using Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton batting in black.
Fabrics-assorted Island Batik Stash Builder strips 5″ x wof. For my background fabric, yep you guessed it, Island Batik black solid. I love their solids.
Top is paper pieced using Aurifil 40wt thread.
Flying geese of course, they are my favorite to make and manipulate. How many designs can you make with flying geese? a lot! If you doubt me, come back often.
For this quilt I went back to 7th grade art where we learned to draw a cityscape. Doubtful this is what my art teacher had in mind that day but I think he would be proud to know I remembered and applied his lesson 39 years later.
I wanted my geese to look like they were being sucked into a giant hole of nothingness, also like they were escaping it.
The largest flying geese I have ever made, sorta. The largest flying geese that I have not distorted by stretching them. Don’t you just love these bright fabrics against the black ? I really stepped outside my comfort zone using the black, but I like it. I’ve decided to name this “The Escape”.
Please accept my apologies, I’m sorry to say that these are the only pictures I have to share of my progress.
In most of the photos the black was severely washed out to show the vibrancy of the geese fabric. It was a learning experience.
If you have tips on photographing black quilts please share.
Here are a few of the methods I tried.
Filtered sun. The sections of the quilt that had the most light had an effect of bleached areas in black.
Direct sun. The black fabric was almost gray and the geese were dull.
Morning indirect sun. Almost a filtered blurry appearance.
Inside photos during the day and evening. Varying success. Either the black looked great or the geese fabric looked great.
The featured photo at the top of the page was taken Feb 28th at 1:46pm. It was very cloudy and see those white specs? It was snowing.
The background and the geese fabric are rich without any photo manipulation.
What better to quilt a black quilt than with than black batting. When I received this in my Island Batik Ambassador’s box I wondered if I would ever use it. The “Make It Modern Challenge” provided the inspiration to do so.
While quilting I realized you can use the black batting with any dark fabric. A dark blue or dark green top (to name a few) would benefit well by using black.
If you follow me you’ll know I am new to longarm quilting. Therefor a lot of what I do is a new experience and this quilt was no exception. I chose to use 2 layers of batting to define the straight line quilting. Define it did. My lines aren’t perfectly spaced and they dart off in different directions. Some are horizontal, diagonal and even a few vertical. There is no quilting inside the geese patches, I chose to outline these. With the contrasting fabric, close straight line quilting and the outline stitches the geese are nicely puffed.
For all of my paper piecing needs my go to is the Aurifil 40wt and I always have a back up cone. The additional spools were given to me as part of the IBA program, you will have to wait until June and July to see how I will use them.
For my binding I used the 2.5″ strip die provided by AccuQuilt. Lay your folded fabric on the die, place the cutting mat on top and roll it through. Have you ever sifted flour? That is how easy the handle turns, no joke. The die will accurately cut up to 6 layers of fabric . It has saved a lot time and the fabric doesn’t shift like it would under your rotary cutter and ruler.