I decided to take part in The Modern Quilt Guild's QuiltCon Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge. For the Cotton Couture challenge we were sent 7 fat eighths of the spring cotton couture fabrics and had to make a quilt using only Michel Miller solids for the quilt top (but we could use Michael Miller solids or prints for the binding and backing).
For this challenge, I decided to try two new techniques: curved piecing and quilting in a concentric circle. I kept the size of the quilt small (the quilt wound finished at about the size of a fat quarter) which made the quilt quick and fun to make.
I cut the fat eighths into strips with varying widths from 1" to 1.5" and sewed the strips into blocks using of two alternating colors. I thought the blocks looked like a wonderful fabric bouquet before ironing :)
I sewed 3-4 blocks together to get rows of stripes.
Next, I cut I used curved piecing to piece the quilt top. The curved piecing went pretty well, I went very slowly with no pinning and I only had one small place where I had to bring out the seam ripper. When I saw the groupings of colored stripes it reminded me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, "Oh the Places You'll Go".
With all of the curved piecing I thought that a spiral type of quilting would look good. As I have already tried spiral quilting, I decided to try concentric circle quilting for the first time. At first I thought about having one concentric circle across the whole quilt top, but then I decided that I would add multiple concentric circles so I could have the interference patterns between the circles.
I love the texture of the quilting against the curved piecing.
I even made a fun pincushion using some of the quilt top trimmings.
This quilt was a fun learning experience. Fingers crossed it will get into QuiltCon :)
Fabrics: Spring Cotton Couture by Michael Miller
Pattern: Improv strip piecing and curved piecing
Quilting: Concentric Circles
Batting: Warm & White
Finished Size: 20" x 18"
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