The Modern Quilt Guild is getting ready for their first convention appropriately named QuiltCon this February. As part of the fun, they have a block challenge which you can make a quilt block that’s 12.5″ by whatever, using the official quiltcon colors (solids or prints). My local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG) decided to do a fabric exchange so we could each purchase a yard of one of the fabrics and exchange fat eights to get all the colors we needed. I was assigned a tangerine print — (you can see it in my finished block). I really had fun designing and making this block.
OK — a bit about the block itself . . . I was inspired by modern art for this block — no specific piece — just my idea of modern art. I really liked how it came together (at least on the second attempt – I’ll show you the first in a second). I wanted to incorporate a bit of print with the solid to give it depth and character, but not get too busy even though it’s a busy design. What do you think??
It came together so well, I even had to show you the back too!! Yes, this block is all pieced (no applique). The circles came together perfectly and so did all of the curvy bits — no puckers!!
Here’s attempt #1 — I will not be sending this block in for the challenge. It has several puckers (which I’ve circled for you) and I unintentionally made the mirror image of my original design. No one would know that little fact but me, but it annoyed me.
Biggest mistake here was rushing — I didn’t take my time on this block, and it shows. On the second block (at the top of the post), I took my time, and the block came out perfectly. This second block is going to be part of a charity quilt that the MMQG is putting together – so it won’t be wasted.
The finished block size is 12.5″ square.
Original design copyrighted by Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns.
It’s gorgeous! I really love what you did with all the colors and the modern art inspiration really shows through.
Wow, your block is amazing! I can’t believe how perfectly you pieced that circle.
Love the block… amazing work…
This is gorgeous! I am really slacking on my quilt con block. You know what, I’m probably not going, so I’ll just use the lovely fabrics I made to make some bags instead. Great work!!
Good for you for making a second run at a great idea. The design totally works with the idea of a Modern Art museum piece.
Congratulations on having your block featured in the MQG newsletter this morning – I spotted it the minute I saw it!
This is a gorgeous block! I’m looking for a modern quilt block that uses a circle and yours is fab! Any chance of a tutorial or even a just a pattern so I can make one myself? Pretty please??! currently making a modern quilt with 12″ blocks each a different rainbow colour! Many thanks!
It’s on my list of things to do, but I probably won’t get to it for a bit. Trying to finish up several patterns right now.
I want to study this block closly and try to figure out how to do it myself. Here is a sketch that I always wanted to use to design a quilt but could never figure out how. Perhaps you have helped me get closer to making it a reality.
Here is my sketch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindielee/4540616069/
Fantastic block! Would you mind if I use a rendition of it as one of the mini quilts I’d like to put on my Bird on a Wire quilt?