Friday, June 17, 2016

State of Being Quilt - MGQ Pattern of the Month for June

I am so happy to show you my newest quilt, State of Being which is the June pattern of the month for the Modern Quilt Guild (free to all MQG members)!

For quilters coming over from the MQG, welcome! I hope you have a chance to take a look around my little blog including some of my recent finishes and my third annual mystery quilt called the Meadow Mystery starting next month. You can also find me over on Instagram as MeadowMistDesigns.


“State of Being” is a modern take on a traditional Ohio Star block.  The design begins with one full star block in the corner of the quilt and becomes increasing fractured as the design extends into the negative space of the quilt.  Both the design and quilting represent our complex and sometimes chaotic state of being.

The quilt was made using Kona Cotton Solids in white and shale and a print from the Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander, all from Robert Kaufman.  

For the quilting, I quilted the star pieces with dense back and forth quilting and quilted the background using Wild Quilting as taught by Christina Cameli (which I learned in her Craftsy class (not an affiliate link)).  In Wild Quilting, a bunch of different quilting motifs are combined together.  I quilted State of Being on my home sewing machine.



The relatively small scale in the quilting and the matching threads give the background texture and interest.   I used 50 wt Aurifil thread in 2024 (white), 2610 (gray), and 1154 (orange) for the quilting.  
The background alone took over 25 hours to quilt (most of the pebbles are about a 1/4" to 1/2").  You can see some more of the quilting from the back which features a newsprint fabric from Tim Holtz:


This is one of my favorite quilts I have made, thanks for taking a look!

I want to give a special thanks to Paige of Quilted Blooms and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for their super pattern review skills!! 




37 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Cheryl! I just got the email from the MQG in my inbox and was so excited for you! This is a fantastic design and I really love how your quilting adds to the finished quilt.

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  2. I love this pattern and the pop of orange in the Ohio Star. And your flow quilting is beautiful. Congrats on another great pattern. Will this one be available for purchase or is it only for the MQG members?

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  3. I love this! I can't stop staring at it. :)

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  4. I had to smile when I saw the MQG email pop into my inbox. Congrats! It's a fab design.

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  5. Congratulations, Cheryl. What an amazing design. The color choices certainly underscores the design. Awesome work.

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  6. ... Cheryl, this is GORGEOUS! Love this so, so much, I'm not sure I have words... Oh, and congratulations!

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  7. I love both the design of the quilt and your fabulous quilting. I am in awe of your patience. I've taken Christina's class online, too, but I have a lot more practice needed before mine looks anything like this! Congratulations on being selected for an MQG pattern of the month.

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  8. I love your design and the idea behind it. It's a great quilt - and wow - that quilting was some work. It's a lovely piece of art now :)

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  9. Congratulations Cheryl! There is quilting and then there is artistry quilting as evidenced in your fabulous execution of State of Being quilt! Your design is visually mesmerizing; your color choices stretch my imagination - especially the backing - and your machine quilting is truly over the top (no pun intended). Your work has inspired me to purchase an independent membership in MQG and to look into Christina's online class. While my quilting skill level is light years behind yours and my age is light years ahead of yours, I want to be you when I grow up!

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    1. You are too sweet, thank you so much!!!

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  10. This is excellent Cheryl! I love the grey and orange. Beautiful choice. And the pattern has so much color choice potential. Congratulations.

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  11. Cheryl, incredible quilting! Looks like the time invested was well worth it! Congrats!

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  12. I like this. Tish should like it too. I design patterns and she asked me About more with negative spaces

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  13. I seriously love your design! Congrats for it being the MQG quilt of the month.

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  14. This is such a cool design and your quilting is just stunning Cheryl! I already started planning out my fabrics for this one!

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  15. This is really gorgeous, and a real labour of love! I love the modern take on the Ohio star x

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  16. This is an awesome quilt. Love everything. color choice, quilting, design. thanks for sharing.

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  17. It IS a really fabulous design, Cheryl. I love it. And the quilting is over the top = just beautiful, Well, well done!

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  18. Congratulations Cheryl! I was so excited for you when I got the email in my inbox the other day. I love how you quilted it - it provides so much movement and really makes this quilt shine. It's just beautiful.

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  19. Cheryl this is fabulous, congratulations! The Ohio star is one of my favorite blocks and I love your take on it. Perfect. Amazing quilting, too!

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  20. I love the design and the quilting is beautiful.

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  21. Cheryl, I love this quilt and I am looking forward to your next mystery quilt. I hope I can use this motivation to get the last mystery quilt quilted. ha You really are inspirational and I love all you make and things you are involved in.

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  22. Not to sound judge-y, but...I love this!!! The design, the colours, and the threadwork all come together to make a very beautiful quilt. Congratulations! When you said you'd quilted it on your domestic machine, my jaw dropped. So much work!!! Well done.

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  23. Not to sound judge-y, but...I love this!!! The design, the colours, and the threadwork all come together to make a very beautiful quilt. Congratulations! When you said you'd quilted it on your domestic machine, my jaw dropped. So much work!!! Well done.

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  24. Congratulations Cheryl! Wonderful design and fabulous quilting!!

    -Soma

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  25. Absolutely love everything about this quilt! Congrats on the feature and your quilting is gorgeous!!

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  26. Thank you for sharing this awesome pattern with the MQG.

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  27. I super love this quilt! I wish I was a member!

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  28. Lovely quilting on this! Wonderful quilt. Congratulations on being selected as the pattern of the month.

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  29. Fun quilt and beautiful quilting! Congrats on a gorgeous finish and on being the pattern of the month.

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  30. I love love love this quilt design. Congratulations on a job well done!

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  31. Wow Cheryl this is just stunning. Love the pop of orange but the quilting takes it to a different level. Hadn't heard it described as Wild Quilting before but that name certainly suits it.

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  32. Beautiful pattern! Well done!

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  33. I'm always so excited to see your patterns in the Modern Quilt Guild patterns.

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  34. Love this pattern SO MUCH. It's just so awesome to take a traditional block and re-imagine it. Congrats on your pattern release to MQG folks

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  35. Wonderful quilt! I love the quilting of it most of all.

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  36. I love your pattern, and your quilting. Now I need to decide this weekend how to quilt your Fonthill Mystery quilt....

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