Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry #2 – Original Designs

My second entry for the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014 hosted by Amy’s Creative Side is my Modern Trellis Quilt. To start, I want to seriously thank everyone out there who has bought the pattern from my shop or commented on one of my previous posts. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the quilt community regarding this quilt and it means SO much to me.

This quilt was designed as part of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Challenge. The fabrics and colors were so “me” so it was fun sketching out ideas and narrowing it down to one that really inspired me. The ultimate quilt was inspired by the garden trellis/lattices you see out and about. There happens to be one in my neighbors yard that I can see out of the window in my quilting room. To modernize it a bit I decided to extend several of the color pieces to make a spiral or pinwheel shape. Lastly, I added the fading colors, because no matter how often that look is used, I love it just the same.

Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts


Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts


This quilt has really helped me to understand my journey as a quilter. I often find I’m not “modern” enough for the modern world, but I also don’t fit into the traditional world. Everyone likes to talk about branding, and signature looks/styles, and  I understand the value in both. At the end of the day though, I want to make pretty things that I love. I always thought my quilts would get more modern as I stepped deeper into the quilting pool, but I find myself more and more drawn to traditional patterns in fresh fabrics. I’m looking forward to Quiltcon this upcoming winter to see how much that sways me back in the modern direction. Regardless, I’m going to just keep quilting.

Piece Out!



7 thoughts on “Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry #2 – Original Designs

  1. Wow, you just completely described my quilting style and my style dilemma – I’m too modern for traditional quilting and not modern enough for modern quilting. And that’s probably why I love your quilt so much!

  2. It is a beautiful quilt and I think your dilemma over style is one a lot of us face. But quilting can envelope all of our styles and that is what is so wonderful about it, we can admire each others work even though it might not be what we would want to make!!

    • My thoughts exactly! I love belonging to both the modern and traditional guild here in Austin for just that reason. I think part of the fun of quilting is taking a pattern and making it look totally different from the original version, whether its just from the fabric choices or altering the pattern slightly.

  3. I just saw your quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and fell in love with it. So I voted for you :). And now i come here and completely connect with what you wrote about your style. I think loving the process is most important regardless of whether it’s traditional or modern. Who wants to be labeled anyway?!

    • Thank you Carrie! I think a lot of us don’t fit into the modern or traditional box, so it will be interesting to see how the younger generation of quilters continues to shape the industry. You’re right, who wants to be labeled!! 🙂

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