17 months ago I started participating in The Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine/Michael Miller Fabric “Old is New” block challenge. This has been such an amazing growth experience for me with regard to developing my creative side as well as my technical abilities. Each month we were presented with a traditional block and had to come up with a more modern “new” version, and in the end put them all together in a quilt. I played with many variations of setting the blocks using my graphics program trying to come up with a version that maximized negative space. When I thought of staggering them on point and looked at how the piecing would be, I realized I could create an optical illusion of depth by using three shades of green.
I had a blast quilting it…and quilt it, I did! For months I had been auditioning quilting designs on the blocks again using my graphics program, so for almost all of the blocks, I knew what I was going to do. I used three variations of circles and lines in the staggered sashing, and really like the Yin and Yang circle on the last sashing.
I used Superior threads monopoly in clear or So Fine, and Bottom Line in the bobbin. The batting was Hobbs 80/20 topped with Hobbs Tuscany collection cotton/wool blend. Size was 60 x 60″, the max size.
I’m concerned that for the final quilt competition, this might not be considered “modern enough” by the Modern Quilt Police. But in the end, I love it! This is what I would consider “modern traditionalism”. What do you think?
I named this quilt “Playing Well Together” (which is a bit of a political statement considering the current political climate) in that even though the blocks are all very diverse, the group works well together.
Voting starts today and goes through Nov 30th. Click on this link to go to the voting site. Scroll down the page past “rules” and check out all the really beautiful quilts. Click on the VOTE box next to your favorite (hopefully mine!). https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fa.pgtb.me%2FMfCtTr%2Fh5Cj1%3Fw%3D36927840%26e%3D140583845
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! And let’s all Play Well Together.