August 13, 2017. In 2013-2014, six of us in the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild participated in a Round Robin quilt challenge. Each of us created the first block of a top and then passed the block and extra fabrics to the next person. It was a rewarding experience and resulted in six amazing and distinctly different quilt tops. I enjoyed working on each one and was delighted with the end result of mine.
After 3 years, this quilt has emerged at the top of my ‘to do’ list. Designing the quilting patterns has been quite a challenge. I had a few false starts and had to go prune bushes or write some code or something to take a break from it. A couple of weeks ago, I made a list of thoughts/ideas/goals that helped a lot.
- dense quilting on solids is more visible than on printed fabrics
- Mid-Century Modern geometric shapes
- avoid stich in the ditch as much as possible
- divide the space in a meaningful way
- maintain asymmetry
- repetitive motifs to create rhythm
So this is my plan. Except for the Modern Curves by Anita Shackelford, I have to digitize all the patterns. That will probably take a week or so and then I can get started on the stitching. Now that I’m over the initial designer’s block, the process is fun again!