The exhibit organized by the Mtl MQG is over. I can now share a bit more about my two quilts that were part of it. I’ll start today by the quilt I’ve made to represent the alternate grid work category. I named it A Sprinkling of Stars (Sous une pluie d’étoiles).
A few sources of inspiration lead me to that design. First, I love quilts that use traditional blocks but play with scale of blocks and negative space. It was my starting point as this was something I wanted to explore. I chose the attic windows block set on-points. This was a block I wanted to try since I had seen a quilt top by a friend from our guild (see here). I think she had followed a pattern by Kaffe Fassett with some of his stripes shot cottons. Also, I really like this illustration by Vertigo Graphx and thought it would be interesting to do something similar in a quilt using the attic windows block. When looking for other quilts made using that block, I stumble upon a ruler for making 3D attic windows. It’s a variation on the block that involve fabric folding. I love the texture it adds to the block. And there is no y-seam involved when doing the block this way. I didn’t use the ruler, but I did use the same idea for the block construction.
Starting from their I played with the scale of the blocks and their layout and came up with this design. I quilted it with a straight line pattern using my walking foot. The quilting was inspired by this painting by Max Bill. I turned the quilting design upside down for the navy/purple negative space. And I really like the effect it created.
I just learned last week that my quilt was accepted for Quilt Canada 2016, a juried show organized by the Canadian Quilters’ Association and taking place in mid-june near Toronto. It makes me even more happier to share it with you today, and I hope it will spark some inspiration on your end.