Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Michael Miller Challenge is complete

May I present the "Summer Splash Quilt"  

To start I would like to say that the way this quilt came out is exactly how I envisioned it.  I wanted to show off the fabric colors, keep the overall look soft and fun like a quilt we would use at the summer cottage.  Lots of white like the white wash of the cottage, soft yellow and peach of the flowers and naturally the blues of the water.  

I decided to design my own pattern, nothing in my file of  blocks gave me the visual I wanted.  The center of each block is large enough to show the details of the print along with some thin piecing to frame it. 

When I decided to add the corner stones the color started to skip from block to block.  I pictured tossing a pebble into the water, a big splash where it enters, then beautiful ripples surround.

I kept this in mind when deciding how to quilt, you see although the yellow diamonds are not in the center this is where the quilting emanates from.  Starting at this point and eventually rippling out the quilting surrounds the yellow diamonds until it hits the shore, I mean borders.  

I can not wait to visit the seashore, sit on the dock watching the sunset with this comfortable beautiful quilt thanks to the Michael Miller Challenge

The pattern looks more complicated than it really is.  Measuring accurately is always important, that and enjoying the process of it all coming together. 

Now for the details
All of the print fabrics ~ An assortment from Michael Miller Fabric Collections
Solids ~ Kona cotton.
Thread ~ Aurifil as always
Batting ~ Warm and White
Size ~ 60" x 64"
Pattern ~ Original design
Guild ~ Western New York Modern Quilt Guild

Linking up with my favorite parties!  Sew fresh quilts- Lets Bee Social, Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Its going to be Modern and Bright

I am kind of on hold for a few projects, I had to order more lemon Aurifil thread for my Michael Miller Quilt.  I ran out with 1/3 left to topstitch- it feels like this one is taking a long time, oh well.  Next I am Queen this month for the New Quilt Bloggers Bee group, its only mid July and I only need Blocks from Two people. I'm very impressed on how punctual they all are, it is looking fantastic so far.

Lastly I cant pick up my fabrics from a fellow WNYMQG member for this months bee block until tomorrow.  Our Queen dyed her own fabrics, I cant wait to see them in person they always look so yummy.  The log cabin quilt will be a Christmas gift so its been put aside for now.

Time to at least start my Farmers Wife quilt, I think I will be doing these blocks between projects.  I have decided to use some fun and bright fabrics I have been collecting for a while.  
Whenever I found one of them at anyone of my favorite fabric stores I purchased at least a fat quarter.   One blogger I chatted with said she did her blocks in number order to keep better track since she was going to do them all anyway.  I thought that would be a good system since I will be doing projects in-between.  What are your thoughts on the colors of my first 2 blocks?  Have you ever done this quilt or just some of the blocks, so many would be great for a Bee Block. I promise not to post each block as I make them, that's boring.  Maybe every 25 or so.

The last two weeks we were on vacation on Rice Lake in Hastings Ontario, we love it there and so do the "Girls" obviously. Just a few picks~ they have the best time and we enjoy it too.