Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – #isew Quilt

24 July

As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I have the option of participating in various events they organize, including conferences, webinars and challenges.  I found out about the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge through my local guild, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Here’s my entry.  It’s a 17 x 51-inch quilt.

Update: the HST Alphabet is now an available sewing pattern!

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

I added some Cotton Couture solids to the bundle of prints that I was given: a Spring Couture jelly roll and some white/black/greys.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture #michaelmillerfabrics

The design is from my HST Alphabet quilt block pattern (under development), and this is the first time I’ve sewn multiple letter blocks together.  I’m sooo glad I tested this out, since I ended up re-designing the drop-shadow on a few of the letters, based on my experience with this project.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

Lots of 2.5-inch squares – such possibility.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

This was the first time I used my Accuquilt cutter.  I thought I’d see if it would trim my HST (half-square triangle) units….

Trimming HST units with #accuquilt

Yes, yes, a thousand times, YES!  Trimming HST units is my least favorite step of making anything with HSTs, and it just might be that my life has been made a whole lot easier with this gadget.

Trimming HST units with #accuquilt

I threw the quilt blocks on the design wall.  #isew  Yes, yes I do.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

Now to fill in the background.  Pile o’ pretty, right there.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

I LOVE glue basting HST units.  I did this with the HST Alphabet – S Baby Quilt and am now hooked to this process.  It works for pressed-open seams, folks!

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture #gluebasting

Gotta love a good backside 😉

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

I stitched some simple diagonal quilting lines in the same direction as the geeky drop-shadow.  I used white Aurifil 50-wt thread on the entire project: piecing and quilting. Worked great. I made some scrappy binding strips from the Spring Couture jelly roll – I really love how it turned out.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

And here’s the quilt back.  Absolutely no planning it – I just started sewing fabric pieces to each other.  Definitely not something that I normally do.  I really wanted to use every single piece of fabric given to me for the challenge.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

This quilt will definitely live in my sewing studio somewhere, I’m thinking a tablerunner or wall hanging.  Pretty, geeky, handmade.  Love it.

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge #isew #mqgfabricchallenge #cottoncouture

Update: the HST Alphabet is now an available sewing pattern!

One Response to “Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – #isew Quilt”

  1. Malini 07/28/2014 at 6:17 am #

    What a great projects! So perfect.

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