This spring, my quilt guild (Mariners in Dartmouth) had a challenge to create a quilt top for another member. We were provided with 2 meters of fabric and, in some cases, a request for a specific style and challenged to make a lap quilt. In my box, there were 11 brightly coloured, large print fat quarters, definitely a different style for me.
I did some playing with my EQ7 design. I’ve had it for awhile now and have done a few projects but haven’t really started to explore too much with original design. For this one, I wanted to show case the large patterns so knew that I would use a big square design. After playing around for a bit, I settled on a variation of this design.
I had 11 pieces for centers and needed one more for this pattern. I new that would be difficult to match but did get find two similar with good colours. I also wanted some plainer fabrics but not solid so picked out some tone-on-tone.
Here is the finished project:
It is definitely the brightest quilt that I have ever made but I was fairly happy with the final results. I think that I will probably make more large block quilts with similar designs.
I felt a little pressure at having drawn a name for a very gifted quilter whose work I admire. I hope she liked the finished result. Unfortunately, she was not able to make the meeting with the big reveal and I was not able to attend the following meeting, which happened to be the final one of the season.
Have you done a challenge that changed your design style or approach? What did you learn from the experience?