I’m excited to finally have another finished project to show y’all. I belong to the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and recently completed my Michael Miller Challenge quilt. The past two years, Michael Miller Fabrics has sent out fat eighth bundles to the various members and guilds of the national Modern Quilt Guild. We are then free to make whatever we want and post in the Modern Quilt Guild’s community website for a chance to win prizes. I was very new to quilting and the guild for last year’s Madrona Road challenge, so I was super excited to get another shot at participating this year. My anticipation quickly doubled when they announced the fabrics we were going to use, they are SO my style. Then again, I love almost every line MM produces, so that doesn’t come as much of a shock.
MM provided fabric from their Petal Pinwheel line, and prints from several other MM collections coordinate perfectly. I knew I wanted to make a lap/picnic size quilt, so I bought additional fabrics from local quilt shops and online. Once I had my extended stash, I went to work on a design! I knew I wanted to go modern, to stretch myself beyond my modern traditional leanings. I decided to play with gridwork on a slant, and so I messed around in Illustrator for a while and came up with this:
Next came the fun part…and by fun I mean the part that gives me heartburn. Math! I printed out several copies of the Illustrator pattern, looked up a few math calculations for triangles I had long forgotten, and went to work figuring out the easiest way to make this sucker. Naturally, I decided strip piecing was in order, and I sewed and cut a bunch of the prints to some solid white fabric.
I managed to finish the top a couple weeks ago before I went on vacation. I had hoped to finish the quilting prior to my trip back home to DC, but there is only so much time in a day! When I got back last week I quickly got back to work quilting. Here is a pic of the quilt I posted on Instagram before it was trimmed and quilted:
For the quilting I decided to do nice clean, straight lines. I love the look and generally don’t stray from straight lines when quilting on my domestic. I did diagonal lines along the large continuous trellis pieces, and vertical lines for the “background.” This weekend I got the binding on and am so happy with the outcome! The quilt ended up around 50×60 inches.
I used Mod Pod fabric by Michael Miller for the backing…I bought it just for this project, it is so yummy! Here is a pic of the back that shows off the quilting a little more, with help from my sister’s cat.
Guess I’m ready to upload to the Modern Quilt Guild website! The prize this year is a year’s worth of Michael Miller fabric, and competition is stiff. There are SO many awesome entries, the judges have their work cut out for them! I’m looking forward to checking out the gallery over the next several days as the deadline approaches this Friday. Has anyone else entered their quilts in the challenge? Comment and add links to your blog with your MM entry below! I’d love to see what y’all are entering.