Saturday, May 24, 2014

WIP - MQG Michael Miller Challenge

One of the great benefits of being in the Modern Quilt Guild is the opportunity to participate in some fun challenges.  In this challenge, we each received 6 fat eighths of Michael Millers Petal Pinwheels fabrics (one was actually from other line which I forget the name of).  I knew that I wanted to make something bigger than the fat eighths would allow for so I ordered a selection of the Petal Pinwheels prints in fat quarters and half yards from Etsy.

I went around and around designing different options, at one point design a paper pieced lap size quilt having over 2,000 pieces.  Needless to say, that design was scrapped.  

I settled on a modern interpretation of a court house block.  I used the petal pinwheels to create scrappy layers, made the layers having different thicknesses, and made the block really big (the quilt is about 70 inches square) and here is my finished quilt top:

I like how the dark gray borders add a bold geometric component to the quilt.  My plan for the quilting is to maybe matchstick (or something similar) in the dark gray and some other (not yet selected) quilting in the petal pinwheels fabrics.  A quick trip to my LQS and I now have an Aurifil thread to match the Kona Coal.

Also as a little reminder, voting is now open over at the Blogger's Quilt Festival so hop on over to vote.  I have quilts in the ROYGBIV and mini sections.


  1. Love it! I really have no idea what to do with my challenge fabric. I can't wait to see yours are quilted! Great job! :-)

  2. How cool! Love your idea of match stick or something like it in the Kona Coal portions! It will make those fabric square jump right off the quilt! :)

  3. I love your challenge quilt design & I voted for your blue mini :-)

  4. This is going to look amazing, Cheryl! I like the dark grey :)


  5. I looking forward to see how your medium gray thread behaves on coal fabric. I'm just using the fabric for a modern quilt, I'm not used to that dark color. I am using a darker gray thread. I was hesitating between the two grays and I ended up chosing the darker one.

  6. Cool design for your challenge quilt! Good luck with quilting!


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