Have you eared about the Madrona Road Challenge organized by the Modern Quilt Guild? Each participants received 7 Fat Eight from the Madrona Road collection by Violet Craft and I had to make a project with it, ideally a quilted one. The fabric was donated by Michael Miller, manufacturer of the collection. The only rules was to take only prints from this collection and add solid-color fabrics if we wanted.
Here is my quilt top finished. It is 60″ x 60″. For it, I’ve only used the fat eights provided and some Kona in Medium Gray for the negative space.
I’ve been planning my quilt for a month or two now, sketching things on paper and then in Illustrator. The main design was inspired by the windmill in the Robin’s-Egg Farmstead print from the collection.
I also wanted to add some chevrons like in the Broken Herringbone print. I’ve started from there for the windmill’s blade. And I also decided to add some chevrons at each corner of the quilt to add movement.
I actually started working on my quilt two weeks ago at our guild Sew-In (Montreal MQG). We had a full day of sewing and it was quite fun chatting with everyone and seeing what the others were making either for the challenge or other personal projects.
I finished my quilt top last night I tried to take some picture outside this morning. Unfortunately with all the wind today it wasn’t a success. So, I ended up taking some pictures inside. Luckily there was some great light coming through the windows in the living room.
Here is the back. Made from leftovers from the front, the Sprout print from the Madrona Road collection and Kona in Lemon which is really close to the Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Straw.
Just love this last picture taken from the back with the sunlight coming through. It gives you a better idea of how the quilt top was pieced.
Now, I just need to baste, quilt and bind this windmill! I was thinking of wavy lines to look like wind making the windmill turn. Lets see what I can achieve!
Did you have a chance to see what others are making for the challenge? You’ll see some great projects here.