It's that time of the year again...twice a year during quilt market, Amy, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival. We are allowed to link up two quilts to the various categories and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts. I am excited to be not only a participant this year, but also a sponsor of the festival.
My first entry to the festival is my State of Being quilt which I designed and made for the pattern of the month for the Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is available as a free download to all MQG members and is now for sale in both paper and digital formats in my Etsy shop and in a digital format in my Craftsy shop. The pattern is on an introductory sale for $7.50 for 2 weeks (until October 1st)
My post about the quilt and design of State of Being can be found here and I am entering the quilt into the Modern Quilt category.
“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 Bernina 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").
My other entry the Canvas Lines is entered into the Original Designs Quilt category and can be found here.
Here are my entries over the years:
Fall 2016: Improv Table Runner
Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion
Spring 2015: Plus Plus - Two Tone Version
Fall 2014: Oh The Places You'll Go
Fall 2014: Vintage Star
Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt
Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two
Fall 2013: Pi Quilt
Fall 2013: Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt
If you have stopped by my blog for the first time from the quilt festival thank you! You can find some of my 2016 finishes and the free Meadow Mystery Quilt Along going on right now in the tabs at the top of the page.
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