Monday, June 13, 2016

Modern Quilt Challenge with Island Batik

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are all challenged to make a "Modern" quilt using some of the new Island Batik fabrics.  "Modern" quilts are not what I usually make, so I had to think a little about what I wanted to create for this challenge.

What is a Modern quilt?  Usually there is a lot of solid background- which is great for a variety of quilting, although generally the quilting is not elaborate.  Lots of bold colors, straight lines and simplistic piecing.  These are all generalized thoughts and like all mediums- there are a wide range of variations.  This is what I conceptualize when I think of "modern".

I decided to use my collection of Sea Salt Sandy by Kathy Engle. These are lovely bold colors with relatively small print which was great as I once again decided to make a small project.

Here is a close up of some of the fabrics.

This time I searched for a quilt I had seen on Pinterest that I liked and that I felt fit the challenge. I found the quilt photo, but couldn't locate the designer or any further information on the design.  I made a mini variation of the quilt.  This quilt measures 13" x 15 1/2"  and the block size is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  This is a two block pattern that I made with paper piecing.  I used a white on white cotton for the background to make the colors really pop.

I used all the colors in the Sea Salt Collection.  I still haven't decided on a name for the quilt- feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions for a name!